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Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings : Top 15 After Darlington

Frontstretch Staff · Wednesday May 13, 2009


Frontstretch Power Rankings

The Track Too Tough to Tame may have a new surface, but she’s that same old fickle girl.  The rankings may not have taken a DNF at Darlington, but they certainly earned their stripe with the list all scrambled after 500 miles there Saturday night. Former Champions are hogging the top of the charts, but as you'll see this week, our experts didn't ignore a promising rookie who survived the Lady In Black.

Read on to see if your driver stayed off of the wall or ended up in the minnow pond this weekend during the Southern 500.

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)Points

Previous Week

1Tony Stewart (4)154


 For perhaps the first time ever, nobody has asked him if he wishes he was somewhere else during the month of May. 
2Jeff Gordon (1)149


 Collecting so many loose lugnuts as of late you would think he was Greg Biffle. 
3Jimmie Johnson129


 Talk all you want about cracks in their armor, this team is still the one to beat -- and last weekend proved it. 
4Mark Martin (2)126


 Two wins in the last four races, with his best tracks of Lowe's and Dover coming up. To quote Admiral Yamamoto – “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant. Who is 5’6.”   
Kurt Busch 126


 Turns out the Lady In Black is a wine drinker -- 'cause all the beer cars got crumpled up and spit out.  
6Ryan Newman121


 Top 5 cars, fishing, and representing the U.S. Army every weekend ... they may want to add Old Milwaukee as a sponsor, because it doesn’t get any better than this. 
7Jeff Burton 109


 79 points out of fourth place in points, but we're pretty sure the only time we’ve seen him on TV this year is in those Holiday Inn commercials. 
8Denny Hamlin105


 The prime candidate for Farm Bureau Insurance the way bad luck seems to gravitate to the side of his Toyota. 
9Kyle Busch (1)



 Funny how you couldn’t beat the wall down with the car and still win this year like last year. 
10Matt Kenseth84


 Remember when Drew Blickensderfer was the talk of the town? Now he's just some doofy guy leading Kenseth's career down the tubes. 
11Greg Biffle82


 May have to use the “You wouldn’t hit a guy with braces, would you?” line with Carl during the next team meeting after getting into him at Darlington. 
12Carl Edwards48


 At least he didn’t get suspended this weekend. 
13Juan Pablo Montoya47


 He may not have gained any spots in the standings, but he didn’t lose any while those around him did. 
14Brad Keselowski41


 Welcome to Hendrick, son. You may have finished seventh... but you’re still fourth on the team. 
15Clint Bowyer40



Chances that you see Clint at some dirt track playing with some toy racecars in the sand this weekend, convinced he’s racing at Charlotte after that hit at Darlington: 78%.


Dropped Out: Marcos Ambrose (15).

Also Receiving Votes: David Reutimann (36), Martin Truex, Jr. (34), Joey Logano (34), Brian Vickers (26), Marcos Ambrose (24), Kasey Kahne (18), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (13), Kevin Harvick (8), Sam Hornish, Jr. (6), Bobby Labonte (4), Jamie McMurray (4), Reed Sorenson (4), A.J. Allmendinger (2), Elliott Sadler (2), Paul Menard (1). 

Who Voted: Tom Bowles, Mike Neff, Tony Lumbis, Kurt Smith, Bryan Davis Keith, Doug Turnbull, Vito Pugliese, and Phil Allaway.

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