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The Monster Mile was more like something from Monsters, Inc. this past weekend, but the G-rated version still served up a little mixture among the top 15 rankings. The biggest news of the weekend was Jimmie Johnson forgetting what the pit road speed was long enough to be penalized, throwing away a very good chance at winning the race. In his place rose Kyle Busch, gaining momentum with his second win of the year that leaves him a solid second in the standings.
But while Busch might be number two in real life, has he risen up to number one in our poll? And what about two new entrants who give the poll a little extra “Spice” this week? Read this week’s top 15 to see if your driver was able to survive the Monster Mile or if he was crushed like a toy tank in a Godzilla movie, dropping right off the list.
|FRONTSTRETCH TOP 15 POWER RANKINGS: MAY 19th|
|Rank||Driver (First Place Votes)||Votes||Last Week|
|1||Kyle Busch (4)||186||2|
|Two laps from an unprecedented trifecta at the Monster Mile. Good preparation for an Indy/Charlotte double someday?|
|2||Kevin Harvick (3)||184||2|
|Reviving Tony Stewart’s role from last year as the unlikely points leader.|
|3||Denny Hamlin (2)||174||3|
|He wanted so much to be mad at Clint Bowyer following that Nationwide incident – but how could he with that beautiful hair?|
|4||Jimmie Johnson (1)||169||1|
|In keeping with California protests of Arizona’s immigration law, the El Cajon native will sport the “Los Lowe’s” paint scheme in next weekend’s All-Star race.|
|Would NASCAR consider letting Gordon bring T-Rex out of mothballs to have a shot at winning a race?|
|Sporting a Dale Earnhardt paint scheme can’t hurt his chances of racing into the All-Star race.|
|7||Matt Kenseth (1)||138||8|
|Finished ahead of Hendrick for a change, but still not winning races.|
|8||Greg Biffle||117||T – 12|
|Back on the top 10 wagon, but ought to try leading a lap once in awhile.|
|How much worse will his bad runs look in a bright yellow car?|
|Leading an average of one lap every six races.|
|11||Martin Truex, Jr.||83||15|
|He may not know how to get to the moon, but to get into The Chase, Pat Tryson knows just what to do.|
|Leading an Army-like procession up the ranks for the No. 39 team; but will his teammate and driver/owner come with him?|
|At least he didn’t finish 30th.|
|Could the All-Star race reenergize this team again?|
|Sunday was a prime example of why he’s still buried in the points.|
|Dropped Out: Jamie McMurray (9), Juan Pablo Montoya (T – 12).|
|Also Receiving Votes: Joey Logano (49), Jamie McMurray (45), Juan Pablo Montoya (42), Clint Bowyer (40), A.J. Allmendinger (31), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (29), Brad Keselowski (15), Kasey Kahne (10), Paul Menard (3), Regan Smith (1), David Stremme (1).|
|Writer Voting Panel: Phillip Allaway, Brock Beard, Thomas Bowles, Bryan Keith, Tony Lumbis, Mike Neff, Vito Pugliese, Mike Ravesi, Kurt Smith, and Matt Taliaferro.|
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Kyle must be doing something right, he is ranked 1st and 5th this week. Can we say .. Split personallity…
Formatting error, SirBrainDead. Fixed … thanks for catching it!
KYLE BEING RANKED #1 DOES NOT SURPRISE ME. He is the most talented driver in NASCAR. Coming this close to winning all three races this weekend just proves it. ROCK ON KYLE
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