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Frontstretch Staff · Wednesday November 12, 2008
The Desert Southwest held a couple of different surprises for the racers this weekend. Rain and gale force winds threw a lot at the teams; but when all was said and done, it was status quo for the No. 48. Jimmie Johnson led the most laps and won the race handily, all but securing this year’s title heading to Homestead.
That dominance was also enough to put almost all of our panel votes behind the point leader, putting him securely in the top spot again this week. But with one week to go, there was quite a bit of movement behind him. Read on to see if your driver was cool and collected or caught in the cactus on rattlesnake hill in this week’s Top 15 rankings.
|FRONTSTRETCH TOP 15 POWER RANKINGS: NOVEMBER 12th, 2008|
|Rank||Driver (First Place Votes)||Votes||Last Week|
|1||Jimmie Johnson (9)||199||1|
|In order to make next year’s Chase more interesting, NASCAR is considering implementing the rule that requires the defending champ to race blindfolded for the final 10 events.|
|2||Carl Edwards (1)||191||2|
|How 8 wins (possibly 9) can be considered a disappointment is beyond us, but it also bodes well for this team in 2009.|
|Perhaps the most consistent Chaser never to get noticed. You can tell he has spent a lot of time with Jeff Burton over the past few years.|
|A stronger version of Chase “Cinderella” than Clint Bowyer; but in the end, the glass slipper still broke.|
|Top tenning them to death isn’t good enough when you’re chasing Knaus and Johnson.|
|Think about this one: Barack Obama was in his first year of serving on the board of the Joyce Foundation and the Woods Fund of Chicago when Gordon started his consecutive win streak in Cup.|
|Actively petitioning the Federal Government for a Chase Bailout.|
|T – 8||David Ragan||113||8|
|Is there a “From Dart Without Feathers to Driver of the Year” Award anywhere in the sports world?|
|T – 8||Jamie McMurray||113||12|
|Grabbing the most “where did that come from?” looks from anyone in the garage these days.|
|T – 10||Matt Kenseth||111||5|
|Finally shifted from the punter to the puntee for a change.|
|T – 10||Denny Hamlin||111||11|
|Despite the tough economy, the Fed Ex car still delivers when needed.|
|T – 10||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||111||14|
|Strong all day, but lost spots at the end; have ya heard this story before?|
|Sobering up off Jack just in time to switch to Cheerios for 2009.|
|Hoping to get some castoff cars from Johnson by sucking up to him unabashedly.|
|Finished one lap down, but ahead of Ryan Newman. 2009 will look like that quite often.|
|Dropped Out : Martin Truex, Jr. (15).|
|Also Receiving Votes: Casey Mears (35), A.J. Allmendinger (31), Mark Martin (27), David Reutimann (24), Kasey Kahne (20), Martin Truex, Jr. (19), Elliott Sadler (10), Juan Pablo Montoya (10), Bobby Labonte (8), Marcos Ambrose (7), Brian Vickers (6), Ryan Newman (3), Paul Menard (3), Scott Riggs (2), Reed Sorenson (1), Sam Hornish, Jr. (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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