As the NASCAR regular season winds down and we look into the future for the playoffs, we take a look at the power rankings going into a weekend of road course racing.
- Kyle Larson.
- 2 wins, one being a crown jewel race in which he dominated, and many, many second place finishes Larson has emerged as a real championship contender if he can keep up his form.
- William Byron.
- William has been the most consistent driver all season the only thing making him the #2 driver is that he has not dominated races like Larson has but he has been running real well.
- Alex Bowman.
- A common theme among this top 5, Hendrick drivers. Alex Bowman was the first 2 win driver in the Hendrick garage and has been putting up solid finishes after a rough start to the season and is a real contender for the title as the season goes on.
- The winningest driver on this list has been the best driver in the field when he wins, but when he has off days he has off days. On his day he would be my number 1, but on a normal day he is just outside a podium.
- Kyle Busch.
- The only driver on this list to stop back-to -back Hendrick 1-4 finishes, Busch has started to come to his own after a win at Kansas earlier this year. Busch is not back to his championship form but he is coming close and coming back into his own.
- Austin Cindric
- Cindric has clearly been the favorite last season and this season and has shown no signs of slowing down. As he slowly makes his way into the Cup Series he is slowly showing that he is far and away the best driver in the Series and has earned his Cup ride in 2022.
- Aj Allmendinger.
- Aj has 1 race win at Las Vegas this year, but he sits atop the ranks due to the road courses left on the schedule. Allmendinger is a dominant road course driver and can make big championship standings and big strides in his chase for a trophy.
- Harrison Burton
- A rising star last year who has slowly started to come into his own as a driver this year. With 0 wins yet but a good run of top 10s has seen Burton rise to second in the regular season standings.
- Justin Haley
- The only Kaulig Racing driver that has not won a race this year, Justin Haley has a lot to prove this year. A great superspeedway driver and a great driver at short tracks, Haley can still push to get a win before the season is over and lock himself into the playoffs.
- Justin Allagaier
- Justin’s most recent win at Darlington all but locked the JRM driver into the playoffs, Allgaier is a serious contender at every mile and a half track and road course, which just so happens to be a lot left of the schedule. While I think he is a long shot to win and contend the championships this year but will be in the running for wins all year.