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In this week’s edition of NASCAR ’Power Rankings,’ see how Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway affected the order.

Pete Pistone
April 20, 2021

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – APRIL 18: Alex Bowman, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 18, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

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Here’s how Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway affected this week’s edition of the Power Rankings:

  1. Denny Hamlin – He did everything but win Sunday at Richmond. Led 207 laps — the most of all drivers — but failed to take the victory. Hamlin has won only two of the five times he led at least 200 laps at Richmond. His second-place finish was his eighth top-five through nine races in 2021, making Hamlin the fifth driver all-time with eight top-fives through nine races. But he’s the only one who didn’t have a win during that stretch.

Driver Rating: 119.9
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 2nd

  1. Martin Truex Jr. – He has finished top-10 in six of the last seven races of 2021 and scored his fifth straight top-six finish at Richmond despite a lap 294 speeding penalty.

Driver Rating: 109.1
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 1st

  1. Joey Logano – Had one of the fastest cars at Richmond on Sunday but came up short of Victory Lane. Logano has finished top-four in six of the last eight Richmond races.

Driver Rating: 106.4
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 3rd

  1. Alex Bowman – Led only ten laps but that was enough to notch Bowman’s third career Cup Series victory. He rebounded from a tire violation to bring the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet home to a win for the first time since 2017.

Driver Rating: 83.5
Point Standings: 13th
Previous Ranking: 4th

  1. William Byron – Another week, another top-10 performance for Byron. The Hendrick Motorsports driver scored his seventh straight top-10 finish, the best streak of his career. It was his first top-10 finish at Richmond.

Driver Rating: 99.0
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 5th

  1. Ryan Blaney – Not a great day for Blaney but definitely not terrible considering his recent outings at Richmond. He brought his Team Penske Ford home to an 11th-place finish on Sunday.

Driver Rating: 90.3
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 4th

  1. Kyle Larson – Very much a non-factor at Richmond. Larson finished 23rd in both the opening two stages before eventually crossing the finish line with an 18th-place effort at the checkered flag.

Driver Rating: 101.5
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 6th

  1. Christopher Bell –  The solid start to his sophomore Cup Series season rolled on at Richmond. Bell scored his fifth top-10 finish of 2021 and his first career top-10 finish at Richmond.

Driver Rating: 90.5
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: NR

  1. Kyle Busch – An up and down day for Busch, who was penalized for a commitment line violation coming to pit road late in the race. He still rallied for a top-10 finish taking the checkered flag in eighth place.

Driver Rating: 91.7
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: 10th

  1. Chase Elliott – The defending champion still looking for his first trip to Victory Lane in 2021. Elliott was far from being an impact player at Richmond and left Virginia with a very average 12th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 94.3
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 7th

Dropped Out: Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski