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Frontstretch Top 15 Power Rankings: Top 15 after Fontana

Frontstretch Staff · Tuesday February 26, 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 Fontana.

RankDriver (First Place Votes)PointsLast Week
1Kyle Busch (5)1752
 Just a handful of points away from leading all three series -- think he's not trying to prove something?
2Tony Stewart1561
 Either win one soon, or leave the Home Depot hat on at all times. Please.
3Ryan Newman (2)1503
 After the weekend from hell at California for everyone, Newman probably wishes that whirlwind media tour was seven days, not four.
4Jimmie Johnson1366
 Still doesn’t have a handle on the new car despite the second place finish at Fontana -- watch out for when they finally do.
5Kurt Busch (1)1344
 Thanks to Sam Hornish, Jr., Kurt was well behind the Casey Mears fiasco. That’s karma for you, Mr. Penske.
6Carl Edwards (1)12118
 Had to share a motorcoach with ZZ Top, who, ironically, looks just like Carl's coach driver did a few years ago. The Office Depot team is working hard to make sure that doesn't happen again.
7Jeff Gordon1178
 Seen readjusting the horseshoe after his engine blew when the caution flew.
8Matt Kenseth1195
 How much Green Bay Packer paraphernalia do you think David Ragan sent to Matt last week? Yeah, we think Brett Favre's jock strap was probably included as well.
9Kasey Kahne 9612
 Already has a quarter of the top 10 finishes he had in all of 2007. Yep, it must be an even-numbered year...
10Jeff Burton9210
 The silent assassin continues to get the job done year after year.
11Dale Earnhardt, Jr.855
 Kind of ironic that the most famous driver in NASCAR can't seem to get a break at the track closest to L.A.
12Greg Biffle819
 Beginning to look as slightly above average as he was in 2007 ... and 2006 ... when's he leaving Roush again?
13Martin Truex Jr.68N/R
 Good thing Martin has that discount for rain gear at the Bass Pro Shops.
13Brian Vickers68N/R
 A recent article stated that Vickers is highly interested in the development of hydrogen power for cars; but he may have a change of heart after how well his Sunoco-powered Camry has been running.
15Kevin Harvick65N/R
 We heard that McDonald's is eliminating the plastic Ronald McDonalds outside its restaurants in an attempt to achieve a classier look. Well, so much for Harvick's backup career!

Dropped Out From Last Week : Denny Hamlin (11), Robby Gordon (13), Bobby Labonte (14) 

Also receiving votes:

Reed Sorenson (54)
Denny Hamlin (37)
Bobby Labonte (31)
Robby Gordon (29)
Elliott Sadler (29)
Clint Bowyer (18)
Casey Mears (12)
David Reutimann (9)
Dale Jarrett (5)
Sam Hornish Jr. (3)
Michael Waltrip (3)
Juan Pablo Montoya (3)
Mark Martin (2)
David Ragan (2)
David Gilliland (1)
Scott Riggs (1)

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