February 1, 2023

Pete Pistone will unveil Energy Rankings every week of the NASCAR season. Take a look at this week’s version of NASCAR Energy Rankings beneath, and take heed to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) on the SXM App now.

1. Kyle Larson

The defending sequence champion needs to be sturdy once more in 2022 however perhaps to not the tune of profitable 10 races. Nonetheless, search for Larson and crew chief Cliff Daniels to set the tempo looking for a second straight title.

2. Martin Truex Jr.

4 wins a yr in the past stored Truex within the dialogue as one among NASCAR’s elite drivers. Nevertheless, the yr appeared to be a story of two seasons with an excellent begin, mediocre center after which a powerful end. Let’s see if Truex Jr. can preserve issues a bit extra even all through all of 2022.

3. Denny Hamlin

Each metric of 2021 was extremely sturdy for Hamlin — apart from one evident statistical column: victories. There’s an excellent likelihood Hamlin will get to the Championship 4 in Phoenix as soon as once more this season, however the larger query will at all times be can he win the title till he lastly accomplishes the feat.

4. Chase Elliott

Many have referred to as final yr’s effort by Elliott and firm beneath common. That’s honest when you think about what he did the season prior on his option to the Cup championship. However regardless that Elliott gained solely twice in 2021 with each victories on highway programs, don’t underestimate the caliber of the No. 9 staff this yr.

5. Kyle Busch

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is perhaps the happiest within the Cup storage to see the final technology of automotive and its guidelines package deal disappear. Busch gained twice final season however simply couldn’t appear to get an entire maintain of issues, one thing he’s trying to overcome with the NextGen automotive in 2022.

6. Ryan Blaney

The Crew Penske driver loved his breakthrough season in 2021 when he visited Victory Lane 3 times. He added 11 top-fives and 20 top-10s, constructing a basis Blaney and new crew chief Jonathan Hassler look to construct on this season.

7. Joey Logano

The chances of Logano profitable simply as soon as final season and that victory approaching the Bristol dust monitor have been greater than seemingly extraordinarily low. He’s now the veteran of the Crew Penske trio and Logano, who set a optimistic tone for the yr by profitable the Conflict on the Coliseum, hopes to have a extra “regular” yr with a number of wins on the board.

8. William Byron

The Hendrick Motorsports driver took main steps ahead in his development as a Cup driver final yr with a win, a spot within the Playoffs and several other performances late within the yr that just about scored Byron one other win. He’s again with crew chief Rudy Fugle once more in 2022 and appears poised to breakout much more.

9. Kevin Harvick

It was a steep drop for Harvick to go from 9 victories in 2020 to none final season. The optimistic view is efficiency was much-improved within the second half of 2021 offering a glimmer of optimism to the Stewart-Haas Racing group for a rebound.

10. Alex Bowman

A four-race winner final season, Bowman discovered himself in the course of controversy late within the marketing campaign after he and Denny Hamlin made contact at Martinville. The No. 48 staff has to discover a option to mitigate the inconsistent swings in the course of the yr that led to a 14th-place end within the closing level standings.

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