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It was a wild and unpredictable afternoon for NASCAR at Kansas Speedway. Here’s a look at the ‘Power Rankings’ after the AdVent Health 400.

Pete Pistone
May 16, 2022

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – MAY 15: Kurt Busch, driver of the #45 Jordan Brand Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 15, 2022 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Pete Pistone will unveil Power Rankings each week of the NASCAR season. Check out this week’s edition of NASCAR Power Rankings below, and listen to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) on the SXM App now.

It was a wild and unpredictable afternoon for NASCAR at Kansas Speedway. Here’s a look at the Power Rankings after the AdVent Health 400:

1. Chase Elliott

A frustrating day for Elliott after a flat tire sent him into the infield and he was literally stuck in the mud. Despite pacing the field for ten laps, Elliott left Kansas with a very disappointing 29th-place finish.

Point Standings: 1st
Last Week: 1st

2. Kyle Busch

A speeding penalty and a couple bad stops on pit road weren’t enough to slow down Busch from finishing third at Kansas. He led 16 laps and has now finished in the top-10 in six of the last seven races.

Point Standings: 3rd
Last Week: 3rd

3. Ross Chastain

A bit of a moral victory for Chastain personally on Sunday as he scored his first career Kansas top-10 in seven Cup Series starts at the one-mile track.

Point Standings: 5th
Last Week: 2nd

4. Christopher Bell

The pole sitter rebounded from blown tire when he had the lead for another strong outing in Kansas. Bell’s fifth-place run was the Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s seventh top-10 of the 2022 season.

Point Standings: 6th
Last Week: 6th

5. Kurt Busch

The veteran driver scored the 34th win of his Cup career in dramatic fashion. Busch led 116 laps but had to battle Kyle Larson for the lead before getting ahead for the final nine laps to score the win, the second for 23XI Racing and Busch’s first as a member of the team behind the wheel of the No. 45 Toyota.

Point Standings: 18th
Last Week: NR

6. Kyle Larson

What a day of adventure for Larson who was another driver that fought back from adversity. He made an incredible save, battled eventual winner Kurt Busch for the win late in the going and eventually ended up in the runner-up position for his third top-two of the season.

Point Standings: 9th
Last Week: 10th

7. William Byron

His follow-up to the previous week’s disappointment in the controversial Darlington finish wasn’t much to write home about. Byron had multiple challenges throughout the course of his day and left Kansas with a disappointing 16th-place finish.

Point Standings: 4th
Last Week: 3rd

8. Ryan Blaney

The Team Penske driver never really mounted much of a challenge in Kansas somewhat too the surprise of many. A top-10 for Blaney, who remains in search of his first victory in the 2022 season.

Point Standings: 2nd
Last Week: 8th

9. Alex Bowman

A nondescript day in Kansas for Bowman who had higher hopes given his past performance at the track. The Hendrick Motorsports driver came home with a top-10 finish and a 9th-place performance.

Point Standings: 8th
Last Week: 7th

10. Joey Logano

His weekend started out on a sour note when Logano had an issue in practice and was forced to start the race at the rear of the field. Although he did work his way through the pack, ultimately more challenges for Logano mired him back to a 17th-place finish.

Point Standings: 7th
Last Week: 5th

Dropped Out: Martin Truex Jr.