NBC Sports Power Rankings heading to Texas

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Kyle Busch keeps rolling – and also keeps his spot atop this week’s NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings.

For the fourth time in the last five weeks, Busch is the unanimous No. 1 pick in the rankings heading into this weekend’s racing action at Texas Motor Speedway.

Making the biggest jump in this week’s rankings is Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin (eighth last week; fourth this week). The biggest drop is Kurt Busch (fifth to 10th). Climbing into the rankings this week is Chase Elliott, while dropping out is Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Here’s how this week’s Power Rankings look:

1. Kyle Busch (40 points): Has two wins and not finished worse than sixth in Cup this season. While the candy man wasn’t singing at the end of Martinsville, he can sing here all he wants as No. 1. Last week: 1st.

2. Brad Keselowski (36 points): Give the 2 car the No. 2 spot after his 2nd win of the year (and 2nd career Martinsville victory). Best of the Team Penske cars and maybe the best he’s been in five years. Last week: 4th.

3. Kevin Harvick (28 points): Has five consecutive top 10s. Now just needs to get a victory. Last week: 3rd.

4. Denny Hamlin (27 points): Like a well-oiled machine, just keeps humming along. Still has not finished worse than 11th this year. Last week: 8th.

5. Ryan Blaney (23 points): With three straight top-five finishes, a win could definitely be in the cards, perhaps as soon as Texas or Bristol. Last week: 6th.

6. Joey Logano (20 points): Rough day at Martinsville. Some times you’re the windshield and some times you’re the bug. Still has one win and four top 10s this year. Last week: 2nd.

(tie) 7. Martin Truex Jr. (13 points): Has come up with a full house poker hand in the last five races: Three eighth-place finishes and two second-place finishes. Isn’t leading laps but isn’t lagging much behind, either. Last week: 7th.

(tie) 7. Aric Almirola (13 points): Five top-10 finishes in a row. He’s close on Harvick’s heels as Stewart Haas Racing’s No. 1 driver right now. Last week: 9th.

9. Chase Elliott (10 points): Earned Hendrick Motorsports’ first top five of the season. Has become its No. 1 driver. Where is Jimmie Johnson at? Last week: was not in the top-10.

10. Kurt Busch (6 points): Chip Ganassi Racing seems to have lost a step the past two races. Last week: 5th.

Others receiving votes: Clint Bowyer (4 points).