MRN's Pete Pistone unveils the final 2017 Power Rankings following the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Final 2017 Driver Ratings

A Homestead win and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship kept Martin Truex Jr. on top of the Power Rankings.

1. Martin Truex Jr.: The winner and champion, Truex topped off one of the sport’s most dominating seasons with his eighth win and in the process, his first Cup Series crown. He was truly a deserving champion, and delivered on the hard work and execution the Furniture Row Racing team put in all season.

Points Standing: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st
Driver Rating: 116.1

2. Kyle Busch: Did his best to run down Truex for the lead and the championship in the final laps, but didn’t have enough to make the pass for the top spot. Overall, a good year for Busch who was by far the best of the Joe Gibbs Racing bunch.

Points Standing: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 2nd
Driver Rating: 108.6

3. Kevin Harvick: The Stewart-Haas Racing driver looked at one point as if he might win his second Cup Series championship in four years. Harvick faded in the closing laps and finished fourth in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400.

Points Standing: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 3rd
Driver Rating: 103.1

4. Brad Keselowski: The Championship 4 underdog put up a fight but fell short of title No. 2. Keselowski made no bones about saying how much ahead the Toyota camp is after the race and that the Ford stable needs to go to work for 2018.

Points Standing: 4th
Previous Ranking: 4th
Driver Rating: 96.2

5. Chase Elliott: The Hendrick Motorsports driver continued his 1.5-mile prowess with a top-five finish in Homestead. But he will also leave behind a season of what might have been had Elliott not been involved in the fireworks with Denny Hamlin at Martinsville and Phoenix.

Points Standing: 5th
Previous Ranking: 5th
Driver Rating: 96.3

6. Denny Hamlin: Started from the pole but could not pull off the spoiler role in Homestead. Hamlin ended up with a not-bad ninth-place finish, but his season will be remembered for the controversy he was embroiled in through the tail end of the playoffs.

Points Standing: 6th
Previous Ranking: 6th
Driver Rating: 94.9

7. Matt Kenseth: Followed his Phoenix win with a top-10 Homestead finish and now, possibly rides off into the sunset. Kenseth will be missed and although Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s departure received more fanfare, Kenseth deserves much more attention for his NASCAR impact.

Points Standing: 7th
Previous Ranking: 7th
Driver Rating: 93.5

8. Ryan Blaney: Certainly not the way Blaney wanted his Wood Brothers Racing stint to come to a close. He was uncompetitive all weekend at Homestead - a downer on what was otherwise a stellar campaign driving the iconic No. 21 Ford.

Points Standing: 9th
Previous Ranking: 8th
Driver Rating: 83.7

9. Erik Jones: The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year brought the curtain down on his tenure at Furniture Row Racing with a 21st-place finish, but the story was more what Jones accomplished in his freshman campaign as he gets ready to move on to Joe Gibbs Racing.

Points Standing: 19th
Previous Ranking: 9th
Driver Rating: 83.1

10. Kyle Larson: A return to form for Larson in Homestead after a string of four straight DNFs. He was a force on Sunday and nearly pulled off a victory, but still ended his year on an up note with a third-place finish.

Points Standing: 8th
Previous Ranking: NR
Driver Rating: 102.3

Dropped out: Jimmie Johnson