SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s Power Rankings – Final Edition

The NASCAR Cup Series came to a conclusion and here’s a look at the “Power Rankings” after Sunday’s race at Phoenix Raceway.

Pete Pistone
November 19, 2023

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The NASCAR Cup Series came to a conclusion and here’s a look at the “Power Rankings” after Sunday’s race at Phoenix Raceway:

1. Ryan Blaney

A strong run when it mattered most in the second half of the Playoffs helped spring Blaney to his first career Cup championship. He put three wins on the board and his second place Phoenix finish was good enough for him to earn the title and bring Team Penske its second straight championship.

Final Standings: 1st
Last Week: 1st

2. Kyle Larson

Larson came up just short of a second career Cup championship finishing third in the Phoenix finale. He picked up four checkered flags this year and put 15 top-five finishes on the board in a season that also saw the Hendrick Motorsports driver suffer eight DNFs.

Final Standings: 2nd
Last Week: 2nd

3. William Byron

Six wins on the year but despite winning the pole and leading 95 laps, Byron just did not have enough to challenge for his first career Cup title. But it was still a breakout year for the Hendrick Motorsports driver who racked up 21 top-10 finishes along the way.

Final Standings: 3rd
Last Week: 4th

4. Christopher Bell

A brake rotor issue on lap 108 eliminated Bell from the season finale in Phoenix but he still enjoyed a stellar year with victories and a second straight appearance in the Championship Four after a personal best 12.9 average finish in 2023.

Final Standings: 4th
Last Week: 3rd

5. Denny Hamlin

An eighth place Phoenix finish capped the ultimately disappointing season for Hamlin who failed to make the Championship Four for a second consecutive year. Hamlin has finished fifth or better in the standings for the last five seasons.

Final Standings: 5th
Last Week: 5th

6. Chris Buescher 

He paced the field for 18 laps and a sour engine in the latter stages of the race hindered Buescher some but he was able to march home to a fifth-place finish in Phoenix. Buescher set career highs with three wins, nine top fives and 17 top-10 finishes in 2023.

Final Standings: 7th
Last Week: 6th

7. Bubba Wallace

A career-best 10th in the final standings for Wallace after his tenth place Phoenix finish. Like his teammate Reddick, Wallace helped solidify 23XI as one of the best organizations in the series and then team is on solid ground building for next season.

Final Standings: 10th
Last Week: 7th

8. Tyler Reddick

He put up a career best 16 top-10 finishes in his first season with 23XI Racing and added two wins to his resume along the way. Overall Reddick had a solid year with his new organization.

Final Standings: 6th
Last Week: 9th

9. Martin Truex Jr.

A front row starting spot in Phoenix ended up with Truex coming home sixth in Phoenix to end his season. A regular season championship and returning to Victory Lane after last year’s drought were highlights for MTJ in 2023.

Final Standings: 11th
Last Week: 10th

10. Ross Chastain

Ended the season in the best possible way with a trip to Victory Lane in Phoenix. After winning in Nashville Chastain faded a lot through the remainder of the regular season but he was much better during the Playoff schedule and built a foundation for 2024.

Final Standings: 9th
Last Week: NR

Dropped Out: Joey Logano