Mike Neff · Wednesday September 24, 2008
The Chase may only be 20% done, but so far, it’s been the Greg Biffle show 100% of the time. Two races and two wins have the six-year veteran on the verge of the championship lead, gunning hard to become the first driver to win the title in all three national touring series.
But could The Biff’s recent streak in Victory Lane be enough to put him on the top of our power rankings — or would his Roush Fenway teammate Carl Edwards be the one to take control? On the flip side, Kyle Busch tumbled down the charts with his second straight mechanical problem … but which one of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates found himself slipping even further?
For the answers to these questions and more, read below to find out just how much the Monster Mile made our writers change the course of our Top 15.
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.
|FRONTSTRETCH TOP 15 POWER RANKINGS: SEPTEMBER 24th, 2008|
|Rank||Driver (First Place Votes)||Votes||Last Week|
|People are always going on about how much Tony Eury Jr. and Dale Jr. argue on the radio with each other. Ever listen to Edwards and Bob Osborne go at it? The difference is when these two argue, they win races — or, like in Dover, blow it and finish 3rd.|
|2||Greg Biffle (7)||185||4|
|Biffle 2-for-2 in the Chase? Seriously? We may voluntarily submit to NASCAR’s new drug testing policy …|
|3||Jimmie Johnson (1)||179||1|
|Finishes of 2nd and 5th so far in the Chase for a team that usually starts out a little conservative? That could spell trouble for the other 11 contenders.|
|Modeling his consistency after teammate Jeff Burton — so does that mean he’ll be without a championship at 40?|
|An 8th and 11th place finish in the Chase, and no disastrous encounters with other drivers or cameramen yet. Doing his best impression of another certain orange car out there … no, not the General Lee.|
|Fixing a summer’s worth of problems just in time to Fall just short of a title — again.|
|Kenseth’s theme song of 2008 continues … start in a hole and work your way out.|
|8||Kyle Busch (2)||125||5|
|Kyle needs to tune into ESPN Classic the next time the 1992 Hooters 500 at Atlanta is on, so he can see what Alan Kulwicki was able to do with a 278-point deficit with six races remaining.|
|He can thank Junior sucking lately for drawing all the attention off him.|
|Off to an intermediate track to suck again. Oh, well … hope the home cookin’ is good.|
|11||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||107||8|
|Rick Hendrick’s next public statement about Junior: “New crew chief wanted.” What, you think they’re gonna ditch the driver?|
|Learned the hard way you never want to be associated with a leaky rear end.|
|Spent the final laps of the race watching the fruits of his labor as three former teammates battled for the lead.|
|Still better than Jamie McMurray.|
|Here’s a fun fact: has more points in the last three races than the driver he’s being replaced with at UPS. Ironically, Reutimann’s still looking up at Ragan in real life … and in our power rankings.|
|Dropped Out : Martin Truex, Jr. (15).|
|Also Receiving Votes: Ryan Newman (41), Martin Truex, Jr. (40), Kasey Kahne (37), Bobby Labonte (25), Brian Vickers (14), Jamie McMurray (11), Michael Waltrip (11), Kurt Busch (7), Casey Mears (3), Dave Blaney (3), Travis Kvapil (2), Elliott Sadler (2), A.J. Allmendinger (2), David Gilliland (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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