Kyle Larson ascends to top spot in NBC Sports’ NASCAR Power Rankings

This weekend, NASCAR Cup and Xfinity racing will return to NBC and USA Network. The inaugural Cup race at Iowa Speedway will air on USA Network on Sunday night, as the sport continues its 2021 season.

In this week’s Power Rankings, Kyle Larson takes the top spot after winning at Sonoma for his third victory of the season. This is Larson’s second win in his last five Cup starts, solidifying his position as a top contender in the championship race.

Chase Elliott finished fourth at Sonoma and climbed from ninth to second in the points during that stretch. Elliott has been one of the most consistent drivers this season, with six top-five finishes in the last 10 races.

Tyler Reddick had a standout performance at Sonoma, winning a stage and finishing eighth for his third consecutive top-10 finish. Reddick has been a breakout star this season, and he’s quickly become one of the most exciting drivers to watch in NASCAR.

Ross Chastain also had a strong showing at Sonoma, finishing fifth for his second top-10 finish in three races. Chastain is still new to NASCAR, but he’s quickly proven himself to be a capable driver with a lot of potential.

Martin Truex Jr., who had been in the top 10 all season long, dropped out of the rankings after a disappointing finish at Sonoma. Truex had been one of the favorites to win the championship this year, but he’ll need to get back on track if he wants to make it to Victory Lane come November.

By Samantha Johnson

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