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The Texas Motor Speedway was a fickle lady this past weekend. Past champions couldn’t keep their car on the lead lap, the polesitter lost the handle late in the race, and three drivers who were rookies just last season finished in the Top 17. The people who vote in the Frontstretch poll have spoken following the madness... and the movement in the poll may surprise you. Read on to see this week's changes below, and see if you agree with our staff’s opinions... or if you think they've completely spun out of control.
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||Jeff Burton (5)||172||2|
|That steady plodding you hear is Burton marching towards his first championship.|
|2||Carl Edwards (3)||160||9|
|Can’t wait for Bristol, Martinsville, New Hampshire, Phoenix, Dover, Richmond, Sonoma and Watkins Glen to be dropped from the schedule.|
|Actually heard complaining on the radio that his car was too loose. We really didn’t think that was possible.|
|4||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||143||1|
|Enough near-misses now that he's getting to the point where "exceeding expectations" is clashing with "almost isn't good enough."|
|4||Tony Stewart (1)||143||6|
|Still winless, but it's still April; we're about a month away from when this team takes the season seriously.|
|If we ran over Clint Bowyer in the Midwest and lived to tell about it, Iwed faint on pit road, too.|
|Has anyone noticed that Happy is second in points?|
|That’s right, the 2-time champ is getting back to the front on the intermediate tracks. That light at the end of the tunnel just might be a train.|
|Crashed across the line again; but this time, at least he was on his wheels.|
|All good cars and nothing to show for it makes this champ a crabby, crabby man; especially when he's looking like the third-best car at Roush Fenway these days.|
|An untimely engine failure makes a timely rebound at Phoenix critical to keep The Biff from being a one-month wonder.|
|Still on the post-Daytona 500 hangover after failing post-race inspection at Texas.|
|Hey, everyone finishes 43rd once in a while. Sometimes it's just twice in 15 years.|
|Continuing to prove it isn’t the equipment that makes Jamie McMurray bad.|
|Dodge has led just 11 laps since the Daytona 500; Kahne has led two of them. Don't be fooled.|
Falling out of the rankings:
Martin Truex, Jr. (15)
Also receiving votes:
Juan Pablo Montoya (34)
Brian Vickers (32)
Martin Truex Jr. (25)
Kurt Busch (25)
Jamie McMurray (23)
Mark Martin (17)
Casey Mears (13)
Travis Kvapil (10)
David Gilliland (7)
Paul Menard (5)
Bobby Labonte (4)
Elliott Sadler (2)
Writers voting this week: Ren Jonsin, Tom Bowles, Cami Starr, Kim DeHaven, Mike Neff, Vito Pugliese, Matt Taliaferro and Bryan Keith
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Why no love for Harvick’s consistency ? While others who are slightly better get coranated. Maybe it’s because he aint SOUTHERN ENOUGH!
Are you kidding me? Seven races in and now the criticism starts on Dale Jr. Please. After last year, consistency is plenty at this point. The wins will soon follow.
Stop crying Sharon!!! your just pissed off cause Rowdy is ranked higher than JR !!!! Oh thats right he’s won a race too!!! Hey I know maybe if you go out and buy another 88 hat,or maybe some amp enegry drink,maybe some moutain dew??? a jacket…The Green Nation … HA !! IT wont be long before 24 & 48 will be the blame cause they will have better equipment….STOP setting the bar so high JR is a middle of the pack guy !!! the talent level has risen I’m not sure he can keep up!!!!
This ranking wreaks of bowels ; I mean Bowles.
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