The Frontstretch: Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 After Richmond by Mike Neff -- Wednesday May 7, 2008

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Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 After Richmond

Mike Neff · Wednesday May 7, 2008



Frontstretch Power Rankings

Richmond is considered by many fans to be the best track on the schedule. Well, the race this week didn’t really provide much excitement for the first 382 laps, but boy, did it make up for it in the final 28. Denny Hamlin dominated the race from the drop of the green flag, before a flat tire proved to be his undoing. Then, fan favorite Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was on his way to breaking his winless streak when "one of those racin’ deals" knocked him out of contention -- a wreck that came courtesy of contact with Bad Boy Kyle Busch. All the while, Clint Bowyer was taking it all in, just waiting for his opportunity to steal the victory. The twists and turns of the race gave our panel a plethora of reasons to move people up and down the rankings ... read on to see if you agree or disagree with the latest choices by the Frontstretch writers.

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.

RankDriver (First Place Votes)PointsLast Week
1Kyle Busch (4)1652
 It may be sacrilegious to some, but this kid is the closest thing to the Intimidator yet.
2Jeff Burton (2)1641
 Slow and steady may win the race, but slow is not going to keep Burton at the top of the point standings..
3Denny Hamlin (1)1543
 Is Hamlin walking like a 70-year-old because he injured his hip -- or because he aged about 40 years or so after that heartbreaker?
4Clint Bowyer1466
 His fortune cookie this week must have read 'To finish first you must first finish.'
5Dale Earnhardt Jr.1444
 What cruel irony; the son of the Intimidator gets taken out by the kid who's starting to drive like one.
6Carl Edwards (1)1338
 He's now got $6 million reasons to keep that Leave It To Beaver attitude parked at Roush each Sunday.
7Tony Stewart (1)1317
 You'd think with all the money he's being offered, Stewart would have no problem buying a better battery for his race car.
8Jimmie Johnson1295
 Charlotte cannot get here soon enough.
9Kevin Harvick1079
 Joins Tony Stewart in the "Only driver not to win on my team" club. Ever think we'd see that a few years ago?
10Ryan Newman8513
 Continues to the be the flag bearer for the Dodges, although the flag is more like an old dirty sheet on a stick.
11Greg Biffle 7711
 Currently looking over Carl Edwards' contract with a fine-toothed comb.
12Jeff Gordon7512
 Sucked early, but in classic Gordon fashion, salvaged a Top 10.
13David Ragan5714
 Each and every solid run sends Jamie McMurray further into the Roush Fenway basement ... er, soon to be unemployment line.
14Martin Truex Jr.51NR
 Running strong just in time to announce his intentions to leave DEI.
15Juan Pablo Montoya4410
 Honest! He was actually in the Top 12 last week.


Falling out of the rankings:
Brian Vickers (15)

Also receiving votes:

Mark Martin (43)
Kasey Kahne (35)
David Gilliland (27)
Matt Kenseth (26)
Brian Vickers (21)
Travis Kvapil (18)
Bobby Labonte (18)
Casey Mears (15)
Jamie McMurray (10)
Kurt Busch (8)
Paul Menard (4)
David Reutimann (2)
Scott Riggs (1)

Writers voting this week: Tom Bowles, Cami Starr, Mike Neff, Tony Lumbis, and Bryan Keith

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Mike in NH
05/07/2008 08:24 AM

I like that these top 20 lists are by the staff together, and not just an individual who thinks his opinions are important enough for a to 15 list, but I’d love to hear why someone thought Scott Riggs and Reutimann belonged on the list. Good racers in bad gear, sure, but couldn’t you say that about a bunch of others too? C’mon, own up! :)

Matt T. -- FS Staff
05/07/2008 08:26 PM

It’s hard when you get down to the last couple of spots. One blip on the cardiometer by a Riggs or Reut. can sometimes get ‘em in.

Besides, they were ranked 27th and 28th this week … not exactly power numbers.


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