NASCAR: Nashville
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This season, no driver in the NASCAR Cup Series has been able to clearly assert dominance when it comes to race wins. A full 17 races in, five different drivers are tied for the lead in wins, with all in that category having two apiece. But in another category, one driver -- Chase Elliott -- has clearly been ahead of the competition.

In the race for the regular season championship, Chase Elliott has either led the Cup Series points standings or been tied for the lead since Atlanta in March. And whenever his lead has seemed vulnerable, he's always responded. After a poor run at Gateway saw his lead shrink to just nine points, Elliott is now 30 points ahead of Ross Chastain in the regular season standings after getting his second win of the year at Nashville.

With Elliott's victory, the top of our CBS Sports NASCAR Power Rankings now mirror the top of the Cup Series standings. Elliott first and Chastain second, followed by Ryan Blaney in third and Kyle Busch in fourth. While the top four all held stable, there continues to be movement throughout the Power Rankings: Kurt Busch was a big mover this week after finishing second at Nashville, while a crash and continued string of poor results has hurt Chase Briscoe.

Here's a look at our updated rankings in their entirety:

RankDriverChangeComment
1Chase Elliott
Elliott seems to have a thing for stringing together wins on specific types of racetracks. In 2021, both of Elliott's victories came on road courses. This year, his two wins have come on concrete.
2Ross Chastain
When Chastain finished second at Nashville in 2021, it marked his second-ever top five finish in the Cup Series. This year, a fifth-place finish at Nashville was Chastain's eighth top five of the season.
3Ryan Blaney--Despite a mid-race spin, Blaney ended up finally breaking through in a certain category at Nashville -- a third-place finish marked his best of the entire season, trumping four fourth-place finishes entering the race.
4Kyle Busch--Add last Sunday to the list of races that have gotten away from Kyle Busch at Nashville. He's had multiple Gibson Guitars slip out of his grasp through the years, namely in races in the Xfinity Series.
5Kyle Larson--After dominating at Nashville in 2021, Larson didn't lead a single lap at Nashville in 2022. But he did score a fourth-place finish, his first top five since Kansas.
6Joey Logano
Despite finishing ninth, Nashville was not the overall run that would have been useful to Logano. He failed to earn points in either Stage 1 or 2, and earned only 28 points at the finish.
7Christopher Bell
At some point, Bell is going to join his Toyota teammates at the front of the field on their best days. For now, his having top 10'd everyone to death has him 37 points above the cutoff line.
8Denny Hamlin
Hamlin led the most laps in Nashville, pacing the field for 114 of 300 laps before finishing sixth. It was a nice rebound for Hamlin after a pair of poor results at Gateway and Sonoma following his Coca-Cola 600 win.
9Martin Truex Jr.
After leading 82 laps and winning Stages 1 and 2, Truex was able to leave Nashville with maximum stage and playoff points. After deciding to keep racing in 2023, watch for Truex to heat up in July and August.
10Kevin Harvick
A 10th place finish allowed Harvick to take the final spot above the cutoff line from Aric Almirola, but there's barely any room for him to breathe. Harvick's advantage over his SHR teammate is just nine points.
11William Byron
The good vibes from a top 10 finish at Sonoma didn't last for Byron. The No. 24 car suffered a steering rack failure early, and Byron ended up limping home many laps down in 35th.
12Kurt Busch
Strange but true: Kurt Busch has not had more than seven top-five finishes in a single season since 2017. After finishing second at Nashville, he's already up to five this year.
13Alex Bowman
After finishing last at Nashville following a crash, Bowman dropped to 10th in points and is just 18 points ahead of Aric Almirola in 12th. It's a good thing Bowman was able to win at Las Vegas, because he'd be in trouble if not for that victory.
14Austin Cindric
Cindric turned in arguably the most impressive run of his young career, overcoming an unscheduled pit stop and making up a lap to finish seventh. Cindric now has consecutive top 10 finishes in consecutive weeks for the first time in his Cup career.
15Daniel Suarez
Suarez looked strong in the opening laps by driving all the way up to second, but he later faded out of the picture and finished 15th. With just 388 points, Suarez could use some better points days to solidify his spot on the playoff grid.
16Austin Dillon
Nashville marked a big weekend for Dillon, as his new reality show made its debut on USA Network. On the racetrack, reality was a nondescript run and a 14th place finish.
17Michael McDowell--McDowell remains on one of the best runs in his entire Cup Series career. Though the final caution caused him to miss out on another top 10 finish, McDowell finished 13th to turn another good day in anyway.
18Chase Briscoe
Briscoe's results since his ill-advised slidejob attempt at Bristol have been ugly. After a mid-race crash, Briscoe's 34th place finish marked his fourth result outside the top 20 over the last eight races.
19Erik Jones
Jones had a "Nashville Hot" mid-race pit stop that saw a fire break out in his pit stall, singeing the left rear quarter panel of his car. Jones just missed out on a top 10 afterwards and finished 11th, so we'll call the bodywork well-done.
20Aric Almirola
After a strong start to the 2022 season, Almirola has only had a single top 10 finish since mid-April. He fell below the cutoff line with a 17th-place finish at Nashville, and he and his team are going to have to figure out something fast.
21Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Stenhouse turned in a solid finish at Nashville, coming home 16th on the same weekend he confirmed he was signing a multi-year deal to remain with JTG Daugherty. That news helps Stenhouse get a bit of a Power Rankings boost.
22Chris Buescher
As if missing Gateway wasn't enough adversity, Buescher had the right rear wheel come off of his car late in the race at Nashville. It spoiled what had been a top 15 run, and he's now lost crew chief Scott Graves to a four-race suspension.
23Justin Haley
Haley finally got crew chief Trent Owens back from suspension at Nashville, but the two turned in a relatively nondescript weekend. Haley started 21st and finished 23rd.
24Tyler Reddick
After being one of the hottest drivers in NASCAR to start the 2022 season, Reddick has gone ice cold. The No. 8 was never a factor in Nashville and finished 18th.
25Bubba Wallace
Wallace drove all the way up to sixth in the first half of the race in Nashville, but another botched pit stop by his crew set him back and led to him having to play catchup the rest of the race. Wallace escaped with a 12th place finish, his best since a top 10 at Kansas.
26Brad Keselowski
After Chris Buescher's wheel failure, Keselowski's issues capped off a difficult night for RFK Racing. Keselowski was in a wreck in Turn 3 and ended up limping to the finish well off the pace.
27Cole Custer
In fairness to Custer, there might be no driver in NASCAR with worse luck than him. The No. 41 got caught up in yet another crash in the closing laps, finishing 26th after tangling with Brad Keselowski.
28Harrison Burton
Though he only finished 25th, Nashville marked a nice run for Burton. He was running well inside the top 15 mid-race, another step forward as he approaches the second half of his rookie year.
29Ty Dillon
A crash with Chase Briscoe spoiled Ty Dillon's day, as he lost three laps due to extensive damage and finished 31st -- his worst result since crashing out at Talladega.
30Todd Gilliland
A 24th place finish at Nashville was par for the course of Gilliland's rookie season. Here, he gets bonus points for winning the Truck Series race at Knoxville during his off-week.