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When you hear older generations get on a soapbox about the attitude of younger generations these days, one of the things they usually grumble about is how "everyone's a winner" and nobody has to actually earn the awards they're given. The problem is, those younger generations can see that everyone in the NASCAR Cup Series these days is a winner.

With Tyler Reddick taking the checkered flag at Road America, all but five of the 32 drivers who have run all 18 races this season have at least one career win to their credit. The playing field in the Cup Series is about as level as it's ever been, and the results of the 2022 season so far -- 13 different winners, including five first-time winners, in 18 races so far -- have proven that. So, it's been quite hard for any driver to stand out above the competition, including defending Cup champion Kyle Larson.

Larson has just one win to his credit, and he's still looking for his second of the year after initially winning in the second race of the season out at Fontana. But at Road America, Larson turned in a third-place finish for his second top five in a row, and that's allowed him to move up to third in this week's CBS Sports NASCAR Power Rankings, just behind Chase Elliott and Ross Chastain.

Reddick's victory made him the biggest mover in the Power Rankings, as he gained nine full spots by virtue of his breakthrough win. Others notable gainers included Austin Cindric (+5) and Daniel Suarez (+4), while several big names like Joey Logano (-6), Kurt Busch (-5) and Austin Dillon (-5) all lost significant ground.

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

RankDriverChangeComment
1Chase Elliott--Chase Elliott is beginning to close the gap on Hendrick teammate William Byron for the most laps led this season. Elliott now has 549 laps led after Road America, which trails Byron's total by just 21 laps.
2Ross Chastain--The element of surprise is all but gone when it comes to where Ross Chastain is running. He now has his third top-five streak of the season after finishing fourth at Road America.
3Kyle Larson
Who said Kyle Larson doesn't have championship form? With a third-place run at Road America, Larson now has eight top-five finishes on the year, which ranks second only to Ross Chastain.
4Ryan Blaney
With 13 different drivers now having won, the best Ryan Blaney can do without a win is pad his points total as much as possible. He did just that at Road America, winning a stage before finishing 11th.
5Kyle Busch
There's no way around it: Sunday was a terrible race for Kyle Busch. After changing an engine, Busch spun, had pit road penalties, and was never a factor as he finished a measly 29th.
6Martin Truex Jr.
Although he gained three spots in the power rankings, Martin Truex Jr. didn't light it up at Road America, per se. But he did lead the way for JGR, running in the top 10 late before fading to 13th at the finish.
7Christopher Bell--Christopher Bell was better than 18th, but poor pit work on his final stop of the day prevented him from getting a finish more indicative of where he ran. Bell is now the last driver above the cutoff line on points, intensifying the pressure for him to get his second Cup win.
8Kevin Harvick
The good news is that Kevin Harvick was able to finish 10th at Road America. The bad news is he's on the outside looking in of the playoff cutoff line, meaning that now would be a really, really good time to end his winless streak.
9Austin Cindric
How about three consecutive top-10 finishes for Austin Cindric? Cindric's five top 10s are more than several recent Rookie of the Year winners, including William Byron (2018), Daniel Hemric (2019) and Chase Briscoe (2021)
10Denny Hamlin
Strange, but true: A 17th-place run marked Denny Hamlin's best finish on a road course all season. He also led a lap during a cycle of green flag stops for his troubles.
11Daniel Suarez
With his fourth top-five finish of the season, Daniel Suarez tied his career high for top fives that he set in 2019 while driving for Stewart-Haas Racing. That mark is bound to fall soon as Suarez continues to put together a career year.
12Joey Logano
Psych! After locking up his brakes and running into Bubba Wallace, Logano seemingly expected Wallace to get back at him so much that he ended up running off track. He would finish 27th.
13William Byron
Where in the world is William Byron? Well, at Road America he was 16th -- quite a bit off where he was in the springtime, including when he won the first race of the year at Atlanta.
14Alex Bowman
Alex Bowman recovered nicely from his DNF at Nashville, finishing 12th at Road America. It seems like the No. 24 and No. 48 teams are just a touch off of where Hendrick's No. 5 and No. 9 teams are right now.
15Tyler Reddick
Last week, these humble power rankings said that Tyler Reddick had gone "ice cold." Now he's a Cup Series winner, in the playoffs, and the narrative has changed on a dime. Just win, baby.
16Michael McDowell
Michael McDowell continued one of the best stretches of his entire Cup career with an eighth-place finish at Road America. After making the playoffs by winning the Daytona 500 in 2021, it's going to be fascinating to see if McDowell can really play spoiler this year.
17Kurt Busch
Make no mistake, 23XI Racing's road course program is pretty off of what their speedway program has been. After finishing second at Nashville, Kurt Busch was anonymous throughout the day at Road America and finished 23rd.
18Chase Briscoe--Chase Briscoe just missed out on the pole at Road America, then turned in a solid day where he won a stage before finishing 14th. A nice recovery from Nashville and Briscoe's third top-15 finish in the last five races.
19Chris Buescher
Maybe the Mid-Ohio win in the Xfinity Series way back when should have tipped us off that Chris Buescher is a good road racer. Buescher's sixth-place run at Road America was his third top 10 in the last four road course races.
20Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s 19th-place finish marked his second top 20 in a row. Having those in his hip pocket is good, but finishing the job at Atlanta -- where Stenhouse led many laps before cutting a tire -- would be great for him and his team.
21Austin Dillon
The final laps at Road America were great for RCR as a company, but a disaster for Austin Dillon. A brake failure relegated him to a 31st-place finish, setting him well back of the playoff cutoff line.
22Erik Jones
Given that this weekend was Richard Petty's 85th birthday, Erik Jones was surely looking for a good run to gift to his car owner. He ended up 26th instead -- maybe it's the thought that counts?
23Aric Almirola
The cutoff line being bumped down was bad news for Aric Almirola. With Tyler Reddick's win and a 28th-place run for Almirola, he's now 47 points back of the cutoff line.
24Justin Haley
Though Justin Haley finished 24th, Road America marked a somewhat good points day for him and his team. Haley finished ninth in Stage 1 and sixth in Stage 2 to earn some extra points.
25Ty Dillon
With 184 Cup starts to date, Ty Dillon now has the most experience of any active driver who has not won a Cup race. For now, he'll be satisfied with another top 20 at Road America.
26Cole Custer
Cole Custer was headed toward a third place finish in the Xfinity Series race when he had a brake failure and crashed heavily. Sunday, nothing went wrong and he was able to get his first top 15 since Dover. Maybe he got all the bad luck out of the way on Saturday?
27Bubba Wallace
Bubba Wallace must be chomping at the bit to get back to Atlanta. Wallace almost won there in March, and anything from a victory to a top five would help turn his summer and his season around in a hurry.
28Harrison Burton--Harrison Burton scored some stage points at Road America, and then led a lap during the final cycle of green flag pit stops. It marked the first lap that Burton has led in Cup since he led three in the Daytona 500.
29Brad Keselowski
If there's anything that can reassure Brad Keselowski after a crash and a 33rd-place finish, it's the fact that of the five first time winners in Cup this year, four of them -- Cindric, Briscoe, Chastain and Reddick -- all drove for Brad Keselowski Racing in the Truck Series. That's the mark of a good owner.
30Todd Gilliland--Todd Gilliland had a pretty impressive save while racing for position with Kevin Harvick at Road America. When Kevin Harvick ran his first road course race in June 2001, Gilliland was one year and one month old.