With multiple race victories this season, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson have established themselves as two of the top contenders to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Both drivers are also on the rise this week in the Atlanta Motor Speedway Power Rankings.
Johnson has moved up to the top spot while Harvick moved up two notches to third.
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. Jimmie Johnson
(Last week: 2nd)
It's very good to be Jimmie Johnson right now. With three wins in the past four races, the No. 48 team looks to be in peak form. That could be bad news for everyone else in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
2. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
(Last week: 1st)
Earnhardt Jr. is coming off a strong finish at Michigan, finishing seventh. He continues to post strong results entering the summer with four top-ten finishes in the past five races.
3. Kevin Harvick
(Last week: 5th)
Harvick continues to be the class of Stewart-Haas Racing. His second-place finish at Michigan was his third runner-up finish in a 2014 season that has also included a pair of wins.
4. Jeff Gordon
(Last week: 3rd)
A series-leading average running position of 8.98 is one of many reasons that one would list Gordon as a very strong contender to win his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship this season.
5. Joey Logano
(Last week: 4th)
In a season dominated by Chevrolet drivers for the most part, Logano and Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski have carried most of the load for the Ford teams. Although Logano is not at the form seen earlier this season when he won two out of three races, his two top-ten finishes in the past three events is a forward step for the No. 22 team.
6. Brad Keselowski
(Last week: 6th)
It's safe to say that Keselowski's lull from earlier this season is in the rear-view mirror. He has finished no worse than third in each of the past three races.
7. Matt Kenseth
(Last week: 7th)
Despite being the only winless driver this year out of the Joe Gibbs Racing stable, Kenseth is still having a strong season. He is currently fourth in the points standings and is one of three drivers tied for second in top-ten finishes with a total of 10.
8. Kyle Busch
(Last week: 10th)
Having fast race cars has not been an issue for Kyle Busch. He has run into on-track trouble while running near the front, including last week when a piece of debris got stuck inside his wheel well.
9. Denny Hamlin
(Last week: 8th)
Hamlin will head to Sonoma looking to right the ship after pair of consecutive top-five finishes was snapped at Michigan.
10. Carl Edwards
(Last week: 9th)
Edwards barely holds onto his spot in the AMS Power Rankings this week ahead of Kasey Kahne by virtue of bonus points from his win earlier this season at Bristol. Edwards has just two top-ten finishes in the past six races.