The Frontstretch: Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 After Darlington by Mike Neff -- Wednesday May 14, 2008

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Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 After Darlington

Mike Neff · Wednesday May 14, 2008


Frontstretch Power Rankings

Darlington Speedway may have had a face lift, but no matter what you do to the old girl, she’s still the track too tough to tame. A ton of grip and a hard tire meant that the cars went faster than ever before, but they also hit the wall harder and more often than ever before. The track claimed several victims during the night, and had some surprise top ten finishers. For the most part, the top drivers in the rankings finished up front so there wasn’t much movement this week. 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 (7)1771
 The last time a car looked that beat up that won a race it was in Bristol with Terry Labonte.
2Jeff Burton (1)1582
 Who knew you could finish in the Top 15 all eleven races and not wind up with the point lead?
3Dale Earnhardt Jr.1525
 Jr.'s car may have looked like Ol' DW's machine, but their interviewing style is quite the polar opposite. Maybe that's a good thing for Jr.
4Denny Hamlin1503
 Those two years of being JGR's next championship hopeful sure were fun.
5Carl Edwards (1)1476
 Hoping Roush doesn’t take his crew chief to try and make McMurray run better again.
6Clint Bowyer1354
 Only in NASCAR can you go from surprise winner to rolling wrecking ball in the matter of seven days.
7Jimmie Johnson1308
 A championship-style performance after wrecking not one, but two cars, in Darlington practice.
8Tony Stewart1187
 Darlington continues its stranglehold on Smoke.
9Jeff Gordon8912
 Dale Earnhardt once thought he saw two tracks at Darlington and now Jeff Gordon thinks his is seeing slanted cars. What kind of water is in that minnow pond anyway?
10David Ragan7513
 How much does Jamie McMurray make per year?
11Kevin Harvick719
 Too bad his car didn’t bounce off the walls quite as well as Busch’s did Saturday night.
12Greg Biffle6811
 Sounded like a man on a mission for more money after throwing his crew under the bus at Darlington.
13Ryan Newman 6610
 The mediocrity tour 2008 continues.
14Martin Truex Jr.5914
 Finally realized he might need to run well in order to cash in on that free agent contract down the road.
15Travis Kvapil52NR
 One of the simplest and coolest paint schemes in years. Hoping more Ford Dealers will jump on board.

Falling out of the rankings:

Juan Pablo Montoya

Also receiving votes:

Mark Martin (44)
Juan Pablo Montoya (38)
Matt Kenseth (31)
Kasey Kahne (27)
Brian Vickers (24)
Jamie McMurray (19)
Bobby Labonte (16)
David Gilliland (16)
Kurt Busch (13)
Casey Mears (8)
David Reutimann (3)
Scott Riggs (2)
Paul Menard (1)
Dave Blaney (1)

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

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