Mike Neff · Wednesday February 6, 2008
Editor’s Note : In our ongoing quest to make our site bigger and better, Frontstretch is proud to expand our power rankings to a full website feature. We do our rankings similar to the Associated Press for Basketball and Football … each staff member that votes ranks the drivers on a 20-19-18-17-16-15-14…3-2-1 basis, with the first place driver scoring 20 points, second place 19, etc. Then, Senior Writer Mike Neff compiles the votes, adds some one-liners, and — voila! — you have a full-cooked recipe of power ranking delight.
So, enjoy it … the Top 15 vote-getting drivers for this Wednesday and every Wednesday during the full 2008 season.
|2008 Frontstretch Preseason Power Rankings|
|1||Jeff Gordon (2)||134||-||Going for his record-tying seventh title in 2008 … oops, sorry, wrong points system.|
|2||Jimmie Johnson (5)||130||-||The champion last year, the same team members this year… but three straight won’t be easy.|
|3||Tony Stewart||113||-||Is “shut up and drive” Tony’s new mantra? Judging by recent comments, it is. And that’s too bad.|
|4||Matt Kenseth||99||-||Perhaps the most consistent driver on the track who rarely lets any distractions bother him. Case in point? Expect Matt to reach Bristol before he notices that he has a new crew chief.|
|5||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||95||-||What’s the over / under on the amount of times Dale “accidentally” tries to get into Kasey Kahne’s car this year?|
|6||Carl Edwards||87||-||We’ll see if a contract year motivates Edwards the same way it does for NFL players.|
|7||Clint Bowyer||85||-||He’ll win more this year … just not finish as high in the points.|
|8||Jeff Burton||81||-||Gets to use the iPhone one more year … at his age, he better use it to find himself a sponsor.|
|9||Kurt Busch||80||-||Roger Penske owes Jimmy Fennig a steak dinner for that Past Champion’s Provisional.|
|10||Martin Truex, Jr.||72||-||Still scratching his head as to why no one reported his winning Dover trophy was removed from the DEI shop to make room for the press.|
|11||Kyle Busch||71||-||Ready to prove Hendrick wrong with a vengeance … and he’s got the equipment to do it, too.|
|12||Kevin Harvick||67||-||Expect this team to tweak their strategy from last year, which was “get all the points you can in the beginning and take the rest of the year off.”|
|13||Greg Biffle||59||-||There is no way the sucking out loud tour can continue for him past this year.|
|14||Ryan Newman||57||-||With his contract expiring, Newman hopes to generate the same excitement over his plans for next year that Dale Jr. had in 2007 … alright, maybe that was our lame attempt at trying to be funnier than the Top Ten.|
|15||Casey Mears||53||-||Got a nice reward this offseason by being promoted to a team that finished in the Top 5 in points. Now, can Casey keep that momentum going…||Also Receiving Votes : Juan Pablo Montoya 22.|
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