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NASCAR Writer Power Rankings: Atlanta

Frontstretch Staff · Wednesday September 4, 2013

 

Frontstretch Power Rankings
One race to go until the Chase begins and a number of drivers left Atlanta with mixed emotions. One of the happiest drivers was Kyle Busch. He claimed his fourth win of the season, taking two of the last four and is showing his strength at the right time.

One driver who is showing anything but strength is Jimmie Johnson. Even though he is already locked into the Chase and has four wins, three consecutive finishes outside the top 25 is surely not what he was expecting with only one race left before the Chase begins.

Atlanta saw a shift in order with those vying for a Chase berth. Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski both took the hardest hit in points. Both dropped four positions after Kahne spent time behind the wall for damage repair and Keselowski suffered a blown engine. However, Kahne clinched at least a Wild Card spot with his two wins. Keselowski, without a win this season, is on the verge of becoming the first Sprint Cup Champion not to make the Chase the following year since Tony Stewart in 2006.

Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon all had great finishes in Atlanta and made positive gains in the points. Logano and Busch are now currently in the top 10 and Gordon is in 11th, only six points out of a Chase berth.

The storylines going into Richmond could not have been scripted any better. Before you see if your driver gets a “hat” Saturday night, see where he/she falls in this week’s Power Rankings.
 
How The Rankings Are Calculated: Frontstretch does our power rankings similar to how the Associated Press does them for basketball or football -- our expert stable of NASCAR writers, both on staff and from other major publications will vote for the Top 20 on a 20-19-18-17-16-15... 3-2-1 basis, giving 20 points to their first place driver, 19 for their second, and so on. In the end, Michael Mehedin calculates the points, adds some funny one-liners, and ... here you go!
FRONTSTRETCH TOP 15 POWER RANKINGS: September 4th
RankDriver (First Place Votes)Votes Last Week
1Jimmie Johnson (3)1171
How’s that Toby Keith song go? “I ain’t as good as I once was…” Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com
2Kyle Busch
1055
Two wins in the last four races make him a force to be reckoned with. Two finishes outside the top 10 during that time span makes you wonder if those Chase demons will always be around to haunt him. Thomas Bowles, Frontstretch.com
3Clint Bowyer (2)992
Bowyer was looking pretty good until the engine went south. Afterwards, he stated on live TV that he was going to have a beer. Dejectedly having that beer looks like it’s going to put him 15-18 points in the hole when the Chase starts. Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com
4Matt Kenseth964
Kenseth tested a Chase setup this weekend at Atlanta, and it didn’t go very well. But don’t let that fool you. Kenseth is one of the drivers to challenge JJ for the championship. Michael Mehedin, Frontstretch.com
5
Kevin Harvick
936
A rocket ship on Saturday turned B-level used car on Sunday. I guess only the “lame duck” moniker applies to Cup racing. Tom Bowles, Frontstretch.com
6Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
887
Earnhardt Jr. has his lofty position as a result of consistency. That is not what any of his fans want to see. They want more wins, of which he has only three in the last 7.75 seasons. Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com
7Carl Edwards
798
Carl showed a lot of strength Sunday night. As long as his engines stay together, watch out for redemption from Edwards after losing to Stewart. Michael Mehedin, Frontstretch.com
8Joey Logano
789
Remember that time when everyone said Logano would never be a weekly contender or serious Championship threat? Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com
9Kurt Busch
7210
He’s in the Chase for the moment, and despite his errors in the past, I’m actually hoping he makes it. Jeff Wolfe, Frontstretch.com
10Kasey Kahne
712
Imagine that, it wasn’t the JGR teammates that took Kahne out Sunday. It was his own. Oops. Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com
11Jeff Gordon
6313
Only 6 points out of a Chase berth, Jeff will need to pull off another Richmond miracle much like 2012. I kind of can’t wait for Saturday. Michael Mehedin, Frontstretch.com
12Martin Truex, Jr.
5714
One wrist, one win, one Chase bid hanging by a thread. Putting up a yeoman’s effort with an injury that could easily have sidelined him for weeks. Tom Bowles, Frontstretch.com
13Greg Biffle
5510
I’ve been waiting and waiting for Greg to fall out of the top 10, and it just hasn’t happened. Sits in ninth with a win and despite his lackluster season, he could squeak his way into the Chase. Although, if he does make it in, I don’t think his performance will be anything to write home about. Michael Mehedin, Frontstretch.com
14Brad Keselowski
3612
And the curtain has closed on Keselowski’s championship defense. Michael Mehedin, Frontstretch.com
15Ryan Newman
3415
Wouldn’t it be ironic if Ryan makes the Chase and Kurt Busch didn’t? Jeff Wolfe, Frontstretch.com
Dropped Out: Paul Menard.
Others Receiving Votes: Juan Pablo Montoya (28), Jamie McMurray (22), Marcos Ambrose (18), Paul Menard (16), Brian Vickers (14), Aric Almirola (8), AJ Allmendinger (4), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (4), David Gilliland (2), Austin Dillon (1).
Who Voted: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com; Tom Bowles, Frontstretch.com; Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com; Dwight Drum, RaceTake.com; Michael Mehedin, Frontstretch.com; Jeff Wolfe, Frontstretch.com.

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Daniel Aaron
09/05/2013 12:12 AM
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Ryan Newman only being 15th in the power rankings is a joke. He finishes 1st or 2nd if that race stays green and wins the thing if his pit crew doesn’t lose a spot to Kyle Busch. Still finished 5th while BK wrecked and he is behind BK…