I’m Just Saying: Re-Ranking the Chase Field


By Aaron Burns

  1. JOEY LOGANO: Led everyone with six wins. Revenge, bad luck cost him a title.
  2. KEVIN HARVICK: Had 16 top-twos, led over 2,200 laps, but finished second 13 times.
  3. KYLE BUSCH: Champion missed 11 races. Was hit-miss, but won when he had to.
  4. MARTIN TRUEX JR.: Huge turnaround from 2014. Pocono winner and title contender. An impressive season.
  5. BRAD KESELOWSKI: Was consistently fast. “Bad Brad” gave away a couple of Chase wins.
  6. DALE EARNHARDT JR.: Three wins and 16 top-five finishes. Deserved better than 12th in points.
  7. JEFF GORDON: Swan song included a win at Martinsville and a surprise Championship round berth.
  8. KURT BUSCH: Rebounded from a suspension to win twice and finish eighth in points.
  9. DENNY HAMLIN: Two wins and six Chase top-10s. Like Earnhardt, deserved better points finish.
  10. MATT KENSETH: Five wins would put him higher if it weren’t for the suspension.
  11. JIMMIE JOHNSON: Five wins, but six finishes outside top 30. Eliminated early in Chase.
  12. CARL EDWARDS: Did his best work at Charlotte, Darlington and late in the Chase.
  13. RYAN NEWMAN: Wasn’t spectacular, or a real title contender. He overachieved to finish 11th.
  14. JAMIE MCMURRAY: Had moments in first Chase season, but were few and far between.
  15. PAUL MENARD: Squeaked into his first Chase berth. That’s good, but their Chase wasn’t.
  16. CLINT BOWYER: Was in the back throughout the Chase. At least he made it.