So what does consistently running in OR near the top five AND being one of two drivers to win twice in 2014 get a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series? In the case of Joey Logano, it hands him sole possession of the top spot in this week's Atlanta Motor Speedway Power Rankings.
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)
With a Chase berth in hand, Logano is racing like his team has nothing to lose. It showed last weekend with his late-race charge to claim his second victory of 2014. Logano has accumulated more AMS Power Rankings bonus points than any other driver. For that reason, he is in first place.
2. Jeff Gordon
(Last week: 3rd)
It's becoming a theme in the power rankings. Another race has passed, and its results have helped Gordon climb up another spot. It's been a very good season in 2014 for Gordon. He is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader. The only thing missing in his strong start is a race victory.
3. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
(Last week: tie for 1st)
For those putting stock in momentum, it may be a good time to keep an eye on Earnhardt Jr. He has contended for the win in two straight races as the series heads to Talladega, where he has won five times.
4. Brad Keselowski
(Last week: 6th)
The No. 2 appeared to turn things around last weekend. Although Keselowski came up short of the victory, the top-five finish was his first since Keselowski's March victory at Las Vegas.
5. Kyle Busch
(Last week: 7th)
Busch continues to run well and do so on a regular basis. In the past five races, he has finished worse than sixth just once. Of those finishes, three were third place or better.
6. Matt Kenseth
(Last week: 8th)
Kenseth is part of a list of elite drivers yet to win a race this year but appears to be closing in on a victory to all but lock up a Chase spot. The driver of the No. 20 car has finished no worse than seventh in the past seven races.
7. Jimmie Johnson
(Last week: 5th)
A tough night at Richmond last weekend drops Johnson down two spots in the power rankings. A finish of 32nd was Johnson's worst of the season.
8. Kevin Harvick
(Last week: 4th)
In a season that has been marked by Harvick either winning races or having mechanical issues, an 11th-place finish has to, in some ways, be considered a victory.
9. Carl Edwards
(Last week: 9th)
Edwards ranks third among all drivers with an average finish of 10th. When a racer is able to do that, they'll be a regular contender.
10. Denny Hamlin
(Last week: 10th)
Hamlin continues to hang onto the final spot in the power rankings, but he has little breathing room. Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson and Brian Vickers are all a handful of points behind him in the AMS Power Rankings.