A wild GEICO 500 featured the Big One that collected 18 cars before Ricky Stenhouse Jr. made a bold last-lap pass on Kyle Busch for the race win.
Check out how the power rankings were altered after Talladega:
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Kyle Larson, +2
The points leader rebounded from an early brush to the wall and avoided the mayhem to score a 12th-place finish. Taking bad days and scoring top-15 finishes is as impressive as having the dominant car all day.
Brad Keselowski, no change
Keselowski somehow avoided severe damage in the Big One and his No. 2 Team Penske crew patched up the damage to score a seventh-place finish.
Jimmie Johnson, +3
Johnson didn’t qualify very well but that doesn’t matter at a superspeedway like Talladega. He was as high as second in the closing laps but lost momentum when Jamie McMurray made a bold move between he and Kyle Busch.
A 23rd-place finish wasn’t what Harvick hoped for but he had speed and results aren’t always reflective of performance at Talladega.
Jamie McMurray, +2
Bold moves and a fast Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet has McMurray looking like a solid contender each week. Expect him to be a favorite in a couple weeks at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.
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Denny Hamlin, +2
Joe Gibbs Racing seems to be steadily ironing things out after a rough start. They’re still searching for their first win but Hamlin has been the most consistent next to Kyle Busch in the JGR stable.
Clint Bowyer, -2
Bowyer hasn’t finished worse than 15th since the Daytona 500. He looked like he had a car capable of winning at times but slipped back to 14th late.
Chase Elliott, -2
Elliott was gunning for the lead when AJ Allmendinger spun him and caused chaos in the form of 18 wrecked race cars. Another day of running up front but not getting the results for Elliott.
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Ricky Stenhouse Jr., +2
What a day for Stenhouse and Roush Fenway Racing. After 101 races, RFR ended its winless streak and Stenhouse wins his first race of his Cup Series career. A big improvement for RFR after a couple down years.
Busch wasn’t happy when he got passed by Stenhouse on the final lap at Talladega. Wonder what he thinks about getting passed by him in our power rankings? He’ll probably just say this isn’t a real power ranking.
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Kurt Busch, +3
A rebound was much needed for the elder Busch brother after having a bad luck streak following his Daytona 500 win. He’s bounced back nicely in the past two races with two top 10s.
Ryan Newman, -3
Newman has room to gamble after winning at Phoenix and has utilized unorthodox pit strategy all season. It’s paid off with some solid finishes but ended up 25th at Talladega.
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Trevor Bayne, -3
Jack Roush turns his focus to getting Bayne a win now that Stenhouse has one. The Big One took a top-10 car and turned it into a 37th-place finish for Bayne on Sunday.
Matt Kenseth, -1
Kenseth showed a ton of speed last week at Richmond and looked good on Sunday at Talladega but his struggles continue as he finished worse than 20th at both tracks.
Aric Almirola, +3
What a great season Almirola and the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team are having. Another top-10 finish but a post-race penalty will likely dock him some points this week.
Kasey Kahne, +4
After a month of struggled to close out a finish after racing near the top 10, Kahne finally sealed the deal with a fifth-place result at Talladega. The speed seems to be there for the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet but one issue or another has cost the team good results.
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Daniel Suarez, +2
The Rookie of the Year race is heating up. Suarez continues to start slow and slowly climb while Erik Jones seems to have issues cost him solid results. A bit of the tortoise and the hare between the two so far. And, don’t forget about Ty Dillon either.
Ryan Blaney, -3
For the third week in a row, Blaney finished 33rd or worse. Hasn’t been a good stretch for the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing gang the past month.
Erik Jones, -3
Tough luck for the rookie. He’s shown great speed and had top-10 potential most weeks but the results haven’t been there lately.
Ty Dillon, +1
All of the rookies have been impressive but Dillon has excelled in his equipment so far with Germain Racing and scored a solid 13th-place finish at Talladega.
Austin Dillon, -4
This hasn’t been the year Dillon hoped for after making a playoff run in 2016. He isn’t out yet but the hole gets deeper each week.
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Paul Menard, +1
While the rest of the Richard Childress Racing cars got caught up in the Big One or had some issues, Menard drove near the front for the final stage of the race and pulled off a solid top 10.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr., -1
The 14-time Most Popular Driver is hanging onto a spot in the power rankings by a thread. He’s shown speed at moments but hasn’t closed out many races yet this year.