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NASCAR Power Rankings: Chase Elliott remains No. 1

It’s good to be Chase Elliott these days. He has two wins and two seconds in the past four NASCAR Cup races and remains No. 1 in the NBC Sports Power Rankings.

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There is no stopping Chase Elliott. He has finished first, second, first, and second in the last four NASCAR Cup races.

Elliott remained at the top of NBC Sports’ NASCAR Power Rankings for another week after finishing second to Christopher Bell in Sunday’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway race.

With Sunday’s victory, Bell moved up a spot to fifth in the standings, joining the other 13 race winners already qualified for the playoffs.

At Pocono Raceway on Sunday, racing resumes in the NASCAR Cup Series (3 p.m. ET, USA Network).

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It’s hard to deny that Chase Elliott is the most exciting driver in NASCAR right now, despite his admission that he blamed himself for not winning on Sunday. He’s finished eighth or better in his last five races, and he’s won three of the last ten.

There’s no denying that Ross Chastain is one of the most consistent players in the league. There were six straight top-10s for him at New Hampshire Sunday, the longest streak by any driver this year.

In the last four races, Kyle Larson has two top-five finishes and is still a threat to win every week.

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Blaney, who was No. 3 last week, falls to No. 4 after finishing in 18th place on Sunday. In spite of his lack of victories, his team is comfortably ahead of the playoffs with a 105-point cushion.

After a slow start, Christopher Bell finally got his first win of the season Sunday and is now ranked fifth in the NASCAR Drivers’ Championship standings. He led 42 of the 46 laps he completed on Sunday, defeating Chase Elliott by a margin of 5.43 seconds.

With four top 10s in the last five races, Kevin Hartvick appears to be on the verge of a first-place finish. He finished fifth at Loudon on Sunday and is the first driver still in the running for a playoff spot.

There was no joy for Logano on Sunday as he finished 24th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, despite leading 25 laps. He has now finished in the bottom quarter of the pack three times in a row.

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This week’s eighth-place finisher was Martin Truex Jr., who had a strong showing through the first two stages of Sunday’s race before a poor pit strategy decision cost him the victory in the final stage. Even so, he came in fourth place and is still in the running for a playoff spot.

Kyle Busch (No. 9) — Busch spun twice on his own Sunday at Loudon, a rare occurrence. After a strong showing in the final leg, he finished 12th overall.

No laps were led by Hamlin, who finished sixth in New Hampshire after racing in the shadow of the leaders.

Race car driver Chase Elliott remains at the top of the NASCAR Power Rankings. An earlier version of this article appeared on NBC Sports’ website:

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