Although the top three drivers in the Atlanta Motor Speedway Power Rankings remain unchanged this week, Kevin Harvick appears to be on the move. The first-year Stewart-Haas Racing driver has advanced up four positions as NASCAR heads to Kansas Speedway this weekend.
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)
Logano maintains his lead in the AMS Power Rankings not only due to a pair of race victories, but he is also among the leaders in a majority of NASCAR's loop data categories.
2. Jeff Gordon
(Last week: 2nd)
So how does a driver rank second in the Power Rankings despite not winning a race? For Jeff Gordon, a big reason is the that he leads all drivers with an average finish of 10th. Performances like that usually result in a driver being a contender from week to week.
3. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
(Last week: tie for 3rd)
Earnhardt Jr. remains in the top three of the AMS Power Rankings thanks in large part to five top-five finishes. The only other driver with as many is Joey Logano.
4. Kevin Harvick
(Last week: 8th)
Harvick's luck appears to be turning around. In the past three races, he has finished no worse than 11th and vaults four notches forward in this week's Power Rankings.
5. Brad Keselowski
(Last week: 4th)
After an eventful afternoon at Talladega, Keselowski is likely eager to make his way to Kansas this weekend.
6. Kyle Busch
(Last week: 5th)
Busch continues to be among the elite drivers in NASCAR during restarts. He has the fastest average speed of all drivers during the first two laps of restarts in 2014.
7. Matt Kenseth
(Last week: 6th)
Kenseth continues to be strong and steady. He has completed more laps than any other driver within the top 15 of the running order of each race and his seven top ten finishes ties him with Jeff Gordon for the most among all drivers.
8. Jimmie Johnson
(Last week: 7th)
Johnson is a testament to the impact of bonus points from race victories, top five and top ten finishes in the AMS Power Rankings. Before awarding bonus points to drivers in the AMS Power Rankings, he is ranked third. Once bonus points are factored in, Johnson drops to seventh.
9. Denny Hamlin
(Last week: 10th)
Hamlin's first race victory of the season moves him up a spot. He has shown an ability to race well against the toughest competition. Hamlin has passed more drivers racing within the top 15 than any other driver so far this year.
10. Carl Edwards
(Last week: 9th)
Although Edwards drops back a spot this week in the rankings, he still has a sizeable cushion ahead of a handful of drivers looking to get into the top ten such as Greg Biffle and Brian Vickers.