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NASCAR Cup: power rankings after four races

AVONDALE, AZ – MARCH 11: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway on March 11, 2018 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

It’s hard to dispute that Kevin Harvick is the hottest thing going in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing right now, heading into Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., the fifth race of the 36-race 2018 Cup Series season. He’s atop the power rankings, heading into Fontana, as winner of the last three races at ISM Raceway near Phoenix, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. With wins in the last three races, Harvick is 3-1 on the season, so far, meaning he has three wins in four races. And that one race he didn’t win was the wild card, season-opening Daytona 500.

As a result, Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon is the only other driver who can claim a 2018 Cup Series win at this point, but Kyle Busch is second in the power rankings, as he’s finished best among the rest, as in second to Harvick, in the two most recent races and the two races, so far, of the West Coast Swing that concludes Sunday in Fontana.

Martin Truex Jr. is third in the latest power rankings, running consistently enough in the first four races of the season to find himself in a points tie with Busch for second in the standings.

Hamlin is fourth in our power rankings, also for his consistency through the first four races, despite being sixth in the standings. Hamlin was the only driver to finish in the top-five in both the first two races of the season, and after a 17th-place finish in the third race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Hamlin recovered for a fourth at ISM Raceway last weekend. The first four races have provided three top-fives for Hamlin.

Blaney rounds out the top-five of the power rankings, heading into Sunday’s Auto Club Speedway race. After four races, Blaney is in a tie with Joey Logano for for fourth in the points standings. But unlike Logano, Blaney has a playoff point. Blaney also finished three positions ahead of Logano in the most recent race at ISM Raceway — 16th to Logano’s 19th.

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