The Frontstretch: Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings : Top 15 After Pocono by Mike Neff -- Wednesday June 11, 2008

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The tricky triangle in Pennsylvania had several twists and turns for the Cup drivers this past weekend. Who left the track climbing up the Pocono mountains? Kasey Kahne, for one; he’s making believers out of our staff with his second win in three starts, and even secured a first place vote again this week. And while Matt Kenseth isn’t in the Top 12 in driver points, he remains within the Top 12 of our poll.

But how about who’s sliding down the slopes? Kyle Busch’s spin and subsequent last place finish certainly took a few votes away … but was it enough to knock him out of the top spot? And what RCR driver’s recent on track travails have caused him to drop completely out of our Top 15? Read on to find out in the latest edition of our Power Rankings, and see if you agree or disagree with the choices of your favorite 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.

Rank Driver (First Place Votes) Votes Last Week
1 Kyle Busch (6) 189 1
First driver in NASCAR history to claim three crappy finishes in three different states on the same weekend.
2 Jeff Burton 181 3
Good thing he swerved at David Ragan on pit road and was in the same shot with Junior. Otherwise, you probably would have never seen him … even though he’s 21 points out of the championship lead!
3 Carl Edwards (3) 179 2
Should’ve consulted the duck about pit strategy; he’d have probably been better off.
4 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 172 4
The best car in the Hendrick stable… and people are suggesting Tony Eury, Jr should go. Guess they should be replacing Chad Knaus in short order as well.
5 Kasey Kahne (1) 147 9
Say what you will about the Bud-Kahne partnership, but no one can deny he’s given them more wins in one month than Junior did in three years.
6 Greg Biffle 137 5
Wonder how much his pit crew ridiculed him for screwing up on pit road.
7 Jeff Gordon 133 6
Apparently, this racing stuff really is harder than Gordon has made it look all of these years.
8 Jimmie Johnson 125 7
Chad the magician couldn’t pull a rabbit out of his hat this time — his road course pit strategy wound up way off course.
9 Matt Kenseth 121 10
That sound you hear is not an oncoming train; it’s the No. 17 team continuing to gain momentum.
10 Denny Hamlin 119 8
Apparently, the new car isn’t too temperamental if you crush the right front fender.
11 Tony Stewart 75 11
On the verge of repeating Dale Jr.‘s 2007 season — which means we should hear something on his future this week.
12 Brian Vickers 75 NR
If that stupid wheel stayed on at Lowe’s during the Coke 600, he’s looking at making the Chase right about now.
13 David Ragan 66 12
Pocono was a bit of a setback, but this team should start contending for wins once we get to tracks for the second time this summer.
14 Kevin Harvick 57 NR
If you look up the words “Chase vulnerability” in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of Harvick’s car for 2008.
15 Mark Martin 48 NR
Hoping if Michael Waltrip Racing can fit a recliner into a car, DEI can fit a rocking chair into his.
Dropped Out : Clint Bowyer (13), Martin Truex, Jr. (14), Travis Kvapil (15).
Also Receiving Votes: Martin Truex Jr. (46), Travis Kvapil (40), Bobby Labonte (38), Kurt Busch (38), Clint Bowyer (36), Ryan Newman (32), Dave Blaney (27), David Reutimann (8), Jamie McMurray (4), David Gilliland (4), Juan Pablo Montoya (2), A.J. Allmendinger (1).

Who Voted: Ren Jonsin, Tom Bowles, Cami Starr, Mike Neff, Kim DeHaven, Tony Lumbis, Matt Taliaferro, Vito Pugliese, Bryan Keith, and Doug Turnbull.

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06/11/2008 07:44 AM

QUOTE: “Well hey fellas, you know what? I’ve got news for you; there are thousands of race car drivers around the country who’d love to be in your seat. If you can’t handle it, get out and let them take a shot”!

Mike Neff!! That is about the dumbest thing I have ever read!

You have drivers struggling with the very sick CoT, and “racing” on the dumbest track of all, a “patchwork” track if you will, and all you can say when the drivers collectively seek a change is “well, there are others that would like your seat”!!!

Just how very STUPID is that comment???

Give the current drivers some respect for sharing their thoughts! After all, NA$CAR is no shining star!

If there are that many good drivers out there, you would not be wasting your time watching NA$CAR events, you would be at the short tracks where all the “good” drivers are!!

06/11/2008 02:59 PM

With 12 races left Harvick is poised to pounce on the competition especially since road courses are his favorites.No one behind Harvick is a threat, remember JR.trying to catch him last year? A points cussion in Nascar these days is like a win for Harvick and with the learning curve the COT has thrown at everyone he’s just fine.Dont buy into everything Boris Said says he’s no champion!


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