With his first win of the season in hand, Jeff Gordon continues to close the gap between himself and the top spot of the Atlanta Motor Speedway Power Rankings. Joey Logano remains first through the season's first 12 races.
The rankings are determined by the top drivers in the NASCAR driver ratings in addition to five bonus points awarded for a race victory, three for a top-five finish and two for a top 10.
1. Joey Logano
(Last week: 1st)
Even after Jeff Gordon's first victory of the season, Logano remains at the top of the AMS Power Rankings, largely due to being one of two drivers with a pair of race victories in 2014.
2. Jeff Gordon
(Last week: 2nd)
If you felt the earth shake late Saturday night, it may have been a monkey being tossed off of Gordon's shoulders. With his first win of the season on Saturday night at Kansas, Gordon is all but assured of a Chase berth.
3. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
(Last week: tie for 3rd)
It's becoming a constant each week in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Dale Earnhardt Jr., continuing to be a factor near the front of the field from race to race. Earnhardt Jr. is one of two drivers with a series-leading six top-five finishes.
4. Kevin Harvick
(Last week: 4th)
Even though a last-lap charge came up short of the win during the weekend, it's hard to be let down by recent results if you are a Harvick fan. He has finished either first or second in two of the past four races. The No. 4 team is starting to show how strong it can be when it is able to avoid mechanical problems.
5. Kyle Busch
(Last week: 6th)
Considering Busch's horrendous luck at Kansas in the past, a finish of 15th has to feel like a victory for the No. 18 team. Before last weekend, Busch had failed to finish in three Sprint Cup Series races in a row at Kansas Speedway.
6. Brad Keselowski
(Last week: 5th)
Salvaging a finish of 13th was a step in the right direction after a tumultuous race at Talladega.
7. Jimmie Johnson
(Last week: 8th)
Another strong run moves Johnson up a position in this week's AMS Power Rankings. With Gordon now having won a race, Johnson becomes the highest profile driver in terms of past championships who are seeking their first win of the season.
8. Matt Kenseth
(Last week: 7th)
Kenseth and the No. 20 team may not have won last weekend, but they showed plenty of fight. Kenseth fought back from falling off the lead lap early in the race to finish 10th. Sometimes, little victories like those can lead to bigger ones down the road.
9. Carl Edwards
(Last week: 10th)
Edwards' quietly solid season continues. Despite having just two top-five finishes this season, Edwards has amassed a total of six top tens which places him fifth in the points standings.
10. Denny Hamlin
(Last week: 9th)
Hamlin drops back to the final spot in the AMS Power Rankings. While Hamlin continues to hold a spot, he could be under heavy pressure if the likes of Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne or Brian Vickers claim a race victory.