The Frontstretch: Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings : Preseason Top 15 by Mike Neff -- Wednesday February 6, 2008

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Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings : Preseason Top 15

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
Rank Driver Votes Previous Rk
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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02/06/2008 04:08 PM

Where’s Michael Waltrip and the poster-boy kasey kane? What’s wrong with your column?

02/06/2008 04:46 PM

Just for clarification, this is a compilation of the votes of multiple members of the staff. It is not just my opinion. But that said, Michael Waltrip and Kasey Kahne are not in my top 15.

Bill Z
02/06/2008 06:38 PM

So, did Denny Hamlin retire or something?

02/06/2008 09:03 PM

I expect Montoya to be there somewhere; better than 16th…..

02/07/2008 02:52 PM

It’s ignorant to believe that there are 11 drivers better than KEVIN HARVICK!

02/07/2008 07:40 PM

Wow. I guess Denny Hamlin will have to prove himself yet again. You guys are going to look dumb a couple of weeks into the season.


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