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Mike Neff · Wednesday March 26, 2008
The first off week of the season allowed our staff to take a look at the other racing series that NASCAR has to offer; as such, they did a little ranking of some other drivers that the fans love to follow. Whether they are seasoned veterans in the waning years of their career, or young drivers who are trying to prove themselves, they were all considered for this poll of the best stock car driver without a full-time ride in the Sprint Cup Series. Check below to see if your budding superstar -- or old favorite -- made our list!
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.
|Rank||Driver (First Place Votes)||Points|
|The influx of Cup veterans is making everyone Bliss-fully unaware of how good the Fitz Motorsports No. 22 team has been.|
|It's not often you say things like, "This young talent might have a win under his belt if not for the reckless driving of Mark Martin." In fact, has that ever been said before? But seriously ... right now, Keselowski is 6th in Nationwide points, just 121 off the lead and making Dale Jr. proud.|
|The onion may leave a bad taste in your mouth, but he can still wheel it.|
|4||Ron Hornaday Jr.||84|
|The defending CTS champ looks like he hasn't lost a step ... even with his 50th birthday on the horizon.|
|Jon Wood who? That guy never drove this car the way this former high school wrestler has.|
|Small screen Dale Jr. will be in Cup within the next two years.|
|The current definition of Sprint Cup "super sub," Skinner's simply super in the Truck Series ... if he could ever get some luck to go his way.|
|Many think Benson's past his prime; but we just don't think he's given enough time in the spotlight.|
|Making Chip Ganassi look dumber with each race that Dario Franchitti runs.|
|With a haircut that makes him look like he's 12, Leffler fits right in with the "young guns" of the Nationwide Series.|
|Obviously, Mike's been driving better this season because of the pressure from Loren to take his ride in the year 2013.|
|12||Bobby Hamilton Jr.||42|
|Probably won’t ever get credit for what he’s done in less than stellar equipment for years.|
|Speaking of that, this guy does more with less than anyone in any of the top three series; and now that they have a sponsor on board, you better watch out.|
|Finally got the monkey off of his back about underperforming in the No. 29.|
|Obviously learning something by hanging around with Benson and Skinner.|
Also receiving votes:
Rick Crawford (26)
David Starr (23)
Marcos Ambrose (17)
Brad Coleman (15)
Jack Sprague (9)
Joey Logano (8)
Steven Wallace (8)
Ted Musgrave (7)
Cale Gale (5)
Dennis Setzer (5)
Justin Marks (4)
Colin Braun (4)
Bryan Clauson (3)
Matt Crafton (3)
Stacy Compton (2)
Jon Wood (2)
Terry Cook (1)
Marc Davis (1)
Writers voting this week: Tom Bowles, Kim DeHaven, Tony Lumbis, Mike Neff, Vito Pugliese, and Bryan Keith.
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Grandpa Hornaday isn’t old. He’s 18 with several extra decades of experience.
I can’t wait for Saturday to see the next episode of Grandpa vs Rowdy — with Todd Bodine breathing down their necks waiting for one of them to make a mistake. :-D
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