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NASCAR power rankings: Ross Chastain climbs after Ally 400 win

Check out Sportsnaut's NASCAR power rankings which will be updated throughout the entire 2023 season after every Cup Series event.

Who is the best driver in NASCAR? It’s an answer that changes from race to race, with several top drivers vying for the top spot on our 20023 NASCAR power rankings.

Taking into account their performances from competing in events all season long, our power rankings set out to place a crown on the best NASCAR driver in the world.

Bookmark this page throughout the season for updates to our weekly NASCAR power rankings as we look at how the top 20 full-time drivers perform.

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20. A.J. Allmendinger

  • Previously: No. 20 in NASCAR power rankings

Allmendinger has been surging as of late, with two top-ten finishes in the past two events, and a top finish in Chicago could give him a boost at the playoffs.

19. Ty Gibbs

  • Previously: No. 19 in NASCAR power rankings

Still just 20, Gibbs is still gaining valuable experience on race courses across the nation. Coming off a 14th-place finish, Gibbs hopes to make waves this weekend.

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18. Alex Bowman

  • Previously: No. 18 in NASCAR power rankings

When he’s been able to race, Bowman has put forth a consistent effort, often placing within the top ten, with six such finishes so far. A decent racer on street courses, Bowman has potential on Sunday.

17. Daniel Suarez

  • Previously: No. 17 in NASCAR power rankings

With just one top-five finish all season, but he’s been racing much better as of late. Even though he’s led for just 17 laps in 2023, there’s hope for Suarez to turn in a big day this weekend.

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16. Bubba Wallace

  • Previously: No. 16 in NASCAR power rankings

Despite finishing second in the All-Star Race, Bubba Wallace has yet to emerge with a win this season. He’ll need a clean race to make up any ground with the year dwindling down, but recent momentum on street courses could provide a lifeline.

15. Tyler Reddick

  • Previously: No. 15 in NASCAR power rankings

Having led for 201 laps this season and taking home first place at the Circuit of Americas back in March, Reddick could be primed for a big day on Sunday.

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14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

  • Previously: No. 14 in NASCAR power rankings

In the midst of a career-best season, Stenhouse is in a bit of a funk. That could change this weekend for the driver of the No. 47 car.

13. Chris Buescher

  • Previously: No. 13 in NASCAR power rankings

Buescher may not be on the radar when it comes to ranking the top drivers in NASCAR, but he could get on the map with his first win this weekend. Traditionally a consistently impressive performer on road courses, we expect a top-ten finish on Sunday.

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12. Brad Keselowski

  • Previously: No. 12 in NASCAR power rankings

Keselowski’s placement in our power rankings comes close to his average finish this season (15.4). With no wins to date, his chances of breaking that streak on the Chicago Street Course don’t look strong.

11. Chase Elliott

  • Previously: No. 11 in NASCAR power rankings

Elliott has good reason to be upset, as this year has not come anywhere close to living up to his expectations. On the bright side, his top-five placements in his past two races give reason for hope.

10. Ryan Blaney

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  • Previously: No. 10 in NASCAR power rankings

Blaney’s season has been marred by car wrecks, but luckily he’s been able to stay fairly healthy throughout the process. With his win in Charlotte being his big highlight of the year, Blaney needs to avoid another rough finish this weekend.

9. Kevin Harvick

NASCAR: Toyota / Save Mart 350
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  • Previously: No. 9 in NASCAR power rankings

Kevin Harvick’s retirement campaign continues in 2023, bringing the end of a Hall of Fame racing career. He doesn’t have any wins this season, but he’s still making a push toward the playoffs as the season winds down. Just don’t expect a great day in Chicago at the Street Course.

8. Joey Logano

NASCAR: Toyota / Save Mart 350
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  • Previously: No. 8 in NASCAR power rankings

Logano’s tough season continued on Sunday, finishing 19th in Nashville, but we’ve seen him come up big in clutch moments before. Bouncing back in the Grant Park 220 would be huge for Logano’s late-season push.

7. Christopher Bell

NASCAR: Toyota / Save Mart 350
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  • Previously: No. 7 in NASCAR power rankings

Bell may be a notch or two below Truex and Hamlin, his fellow Toyota teammates, but having won the Bristol Dirt Race, he showed he can compete with the best. Typically a strong driver on road courses, Bell could surprise some with a top-five finish this week.

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6. Denny Hamlin

NASCAR: Toyota / Save Mart 350
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  • Previously: No. 6 in NASCAR power rankings

Hamlin has been one of the most consistent drivers this season, even taking home a win at the AdventHealth 400. With another win seemingly in reach almost every time he takes the course, Hamlin could come up big in Chicago.

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5. Kyle Larson

NASCAR: Toyota / Save Mart 350
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  • Previously: No. 5 in NASCAR power rankings

Larson is now 101 points behind the NASCAR Cup Series leader, but his two wins can’t be forgotten. Nor can his seven top-five finishes, which are tied for the most in NASCAR. Three top-ten finishes in a row suggest he’s in a groove, and we could see another great performance soon.

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4. Ross Chastain

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  • Previously: No. 4 in NASCAR power rankings

Ross Chastain’s win at Ally 400 has him soaring up the NASCAR power rankings after facing plenty of struggles earlier this season. We’ll see if he can maintain momentum on the Chicago street course this weekend.

3. Kyle Busch

NASCAR: Xfinity Series DoorDash 250
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  • Previously: No. 3 in NASCAR power rankings

NASCAR’s all-time record-holder in Xfinity Series wins is also tied for the most victories so far in 2023. Kyle Busch has had his down moments, but he’s also had some excellent performances this season. If he can get a clean race in Busch seems poised for another top-ten finish at Grant Park this weekend.

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2. William Byron

NASCAR: Toyota / Save Mart 350
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  • Previously: No. 2 in NASCAR power rankings

Only two drivers have won three races so far this season. William Byron is one of them. He’s also tied for the most top-five and top-ten finishes in NASCAR. Some might even suggest Byron has been NASCAR’s best driver, having led 722 laps in 2023. No other driver has more than 588.

1. Martin Truex Jr.

NASCAR: Toyota / Save Mart 350
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  • Previously: No. 1 in NASCAR power rankings

Sitting on top of the NASCAR Cup Series standings, there is no better NASCAR driver than Martin Truex Jr. He’s recorded two wins and six top-five finishes for Joe Gibbs Racing to secure the top spot of Sportsnaut’s NASCAR power rankings.

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