Mike Neff · Wednesday April 2, 2008
After another session of good ol’ rubbin’ and racin’, the votes are in on where the Frontstretch staffers feel the drivers fall in the hierarchy of the current power rankings. The results may surprise you: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has scaled the mountain even though he hasn’t won a race yet, while teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are inching back up the list. On the flip side, Ryan Newman continues to slide down after continuing to fail to back up his Daytona 500 victory. Want to know where, exactly, he stacks up? Read the rankings below and see if you agree with our staff’s opinions.
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||Last Week|
|1||Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (3)||170||4|
|Junior No. 1 in the power rankings after just six weeks? Talk about the quickest rise to power in modern history…|
|2||Jeff Burton (4)||169||5|
|For those who aren’t paying really close attention, Burton is your points leader.|
|Harvick had a problem with Michael McDowell, too, but they usually don’t interview the 12th place finisher.|
|You know you're the man when you finish second ... and that nearly worsens your average finish at a track over your last eight starts.|
|5||Denny Hamlin (1)||131||14|
|“I owe this win to TRD. The new sway bars were excellent today.”|
|6||Tony Stewart (1)||129||6|
|Ever think he'd be the only JGR car without a win so far this season?|
|When he’s good, he’s very, very good. When he’s bad, he makes life difficult for everyone.|
|Who knew you could punt someone AND get the Free Pass? You learn something new every day.|
|If it’s not a blown engine, it’s a dry gas tank. If it’s neither, you can find him in Victory Lane.|
|Finished 10th at Martinsville and dropped three spots in the standings. Life’s tough at the top.|
|Fourth place this week was less work than his previous two "bottom of the Top 20" finishes.|
|Better than last year, but still not looking like a threat to win.|
|His FICO score suddenly took a nosedive on FreeCreditReport.com.|
|His rise, or fall, to mediocrity continues with another low Top 20 finish.|
|15||Martin Truex, Jr.||45||15|
|Obviously taking notes from Tony Stewart on how to handle media questions concerning contract negotiations.|
Falling out of the rankings:
Kurt Busch (13)
Also receiving votes:
David Ragan (43)
Juan Pablo Montoya (41)
Kurt Busch (36)
Casey Mears (23)
Jamie McMurray (19)
Brian Vickers (18)
Elliott Sadler (18)
Travis Kvapil (8)
Bobby Labonte (3)
David Gilliland (3)
Aric Almirola (1)
Writers voting this week: Tom Bowles, Cami Starr, Kim DeHaven, Tony Lumbis, Mike Neff, Vito Pugliese, Matt Taliaferro and Bryan Keith
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