The Frontstretch: Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings : Top 15 After Daytona by Mike Neff -- Wednesday February 20, 2008

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Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings : Top 15 After Daytona

Mike Neff · Wednesday February 20, 2008


How The Rankings Are Calculated: Frontstretch does their power rankings somewhat similar to how the Associated Press does them for basketball or football — writers on our staff 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, Mike Neff calculates the points, adds some funny one liners, and … voila! You have the power rankings from our dedicated staff.

So, without further ado … here’s our latest Power Rankings following Daytona.

2008 Frontstretch Power Rankings For February 20th, 2008
Rank Driver Votes Previous Rk
1 Tony Stewart (2) 160 3
Remember when Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was asked 7,000 times each year if he was going to win the Big One? Well, how do you think Smoke is going to react to that same kind of attention in years to come? Yeah, we think someone will lose an eye, too.
2 Kyle Busch (1) 159 8
Cranky, bitter, and complaining after his 500 defeat … now those are the Buschisms we know and love.
3 Ryan Newman (3) 152 15
With all due respect … a blind pig in an oak forest finds an acorn every once in awhile.
4 Kurt Busch (2) 151 7
“Drivers never forget” is an phrase used often in NASCAR. Support for Ryan Newman aside, you think Kurt Busch forgot about the Tony Stewart incident when he had to chose between the No. 20 and No. 12 in the final laps?
5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 145 4
Better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all; at the very least, Junior showed flashes of what could be future potential at Hendrick.
6 Jimmie Johnson (1) 109 1
One bad 500 does not a bad season make.
7 Jeff Gordon 98 2
Suspension be damned; with Gordon’s wife in the swimsuit edition, maybe the dreaded SI curse hit the No. 24.
8 Reed Sorenson 98 NR
Wonder if Sorenson knows that the FOX guys gave him about 100 shoutouts during Speedweeks. Everybody else can still hear them …
9 Greg Biffle 93 NR
A strong showing to start the year means The Biff might have shaken off the doldrums of 2007.
10 Jeff Burton 85 14
This year’s version of Mark Martin: Popular veteran, winless in the 500, makes a late push, but comes up short.
11 Denny Hamlin 84 9
Too bad Fed Ex couldn’t deliver a new rear quarterpanel during the race Sunday; otherwise, Hamlin had a shot at the win.
12 Kasey Kahne 75 NR
Still doesn't look good in red — or old enough to drink beer. But he ran well…
13 Robby Gordon 70 NR
Going old school and running a Mercury at California!
14 Bobby Labonte 63 NR
Can you imagine what this guy would do in Hendrick equipment?
15 Matt Kenseth 60 5
Ooo, Kenseth is maaad. If we were David Ragan, we’d call up AAA and see if he’s insured against “teammate butt-kickings.”
Dropped Out : Carl Edwards (6), Clint Bowyer (10), Martin Truex, Jr. (11), Casey Mears (12), Kevin Harvick (13).
Also Receiving Votes : Elliott Sadler 49, Bowyer 41, Edwards 40, Harvick 38, Brian Vickers 30, Truex, Jr. 28, Casey Mears 24, Sam Hornish, Jr. 13, David Reutimann 12, Dale Jarrett 11, Mark Martin 5, Michael Waltrip 3, Dave Blaney 3, Juan Pablo Montoya 2, David Ragan 1.

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02/20/2008 03:28 PM

This “power ranking” is a good mix of has-beens , wanna-bees and pre-madonnas but they will be sifted come qualifying this weekend!

True Fan
02/20/2008 03:33 PM

This ain’t no popalarity contest. The cream of the crop is settled on the track people!!


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