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Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings : Top 15 After Chicagoland

Frontstretch Staff · Wednesday July 15, 2009


Frontstretch Power Rankings

Total chaos on the double-file restarts. Jeff Burton visibly mad. And Mark Martin actually experiencing good luck! Chicago had more than its share of strange moments late in the race, ones that resulted in quite a shakeup in the rankings.

Despite finishing fourth, Tony Stewart’s impenetrable hold on the top spot actually slipped; but who is it that made a dent in his armor? Meanwhile, Martin’s assault on the AARP recordbook in NASCAR gave him a boost in this week’s poll… but just how high did he rise? Check this week’s rankings from our experts to find out which drivers escaped the melees to gain ground, along with which ones were blown right out of the top 15 by their struggles in the Windy City.

How The Rankings Are Calculated: Frontstretch does our power rankings somewhat similar to how the Associated Press does them for basketball or football — writers on 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 one batch of power rankings to serve to our fans.

Rank Driver (First Place Votes) Votes Last Week
1 Tony Stewart (9) 197 1
Is owning his own team really so hard that he’s whoring himself out to Danica?
2 Jimmie Johnson (1) 187 2
Firmly believes that Jeff Gordon is the reason he slid into Kurt Busch. Note he also believes in the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and that the Zapruder film indicts Oswald.
3 Jeff Gordon 178 3
Appears to be playing second fiddle to Mark Martin after doing so to Jimmie Johnson the last three years.
4 Denny Hamlin 155 7
Continuing to write the book in how to get snakebit for a victory in every way possible.
5 Mark Martin 151 10
You’d think the AARP would have put him on the cover of at least ONE of their issues by now, right?
6 Kurt Busch 142 4
Good thing Tony Stewart left Home Depot, otherwise we don’t know where the heck Busch would be shopping for home improvement stuff in the off week.
7 Juan Pablo Montoya 135 6
How do you say Lucky Dog in Spanish?
8 Kasey Kahne 129 8
Y’know the Allstate girls were happy to see Kahne run well in their home city.
9 Carl Edwards 120 5
Cousin Carl is halfway to a winless season. Is that even remotely a possibility?
10 Ryan Newman 97 12
Still knocking at the door for a win, but his team owner won’t let him to the front of the line.
11 Brian Vickers 87 NR
Competing for the “next driver to be Kenny Schrader” award. Maybe he fit in with the old No. 25 car better than he thought.
12 Clint Bowyer 79 NR
Perhaps RCR’s only hope for the Chase at this point as the rest of the organization crumbles without him.
13 Kyle Busch 72 9
Imagine how Kyle feels knowing that the guy who just passed him for most wins in 2009 is more than twice his age and drives the car he could not wait to vacate.
14 Marcos Ambrose 71 T – 15
Your next first-time winner in Sprint Cup at Watkins Glen next month. You heard it here first.
15 Matt Kenseth 68 13
Waiting for rumors to begin blaming new daughter Kaylin as the reason for his slowing season, much like the ones Jeff Gordon endured last year.
Dropped Out: Greg Biffle (11), David Reutimann (14), Joey Logano (T – 15).
Also Receiving Votes: David Reutimann (62), Greg Biffle (51), Joey Logano (41), Jeff Burton (22), Elliott Sadler (14), A.J. Allmendinger (13), Jamie McMurray (12), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (10), Martin Truex, Jr. (7), Regan Smith (1).
Who Voted: Thomas Bowles, Ren Jonsin, Mike Neff, Tony Lumbis, Doug Turnbull, Matt Taliaferro, Vito Pugliese, Bryan Keith, Phillip Allaway, and Kurt Smith.

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07/15/2009 10:06 AM

Suerte de perros

07/15/2009 11:26 AM

I love you Gordon haters!
It’s so cool! You guys on this site are the best for showing your hatred of Gordon! Keep it up!! The hate must never die!! This site is the best at that! Keep showing your hatred of Gordon as as much as possible! Not many site show as much hatred for him as this site! Keep it up! HATE FOR HIM IS GOOD!


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