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Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Fontana

Frontstretch Staff · Wednesday October 13, 2010


Frontstretch Power Rankings

No one will argue California put on its Sunday best for one last appearance in the Chase. Cars were racing from the top to the bottom, pressing their engines to the breaking point which ended up biting three of the Roush cars and Kyle Busch. But while those drivers took a big hit in their championship hopes, Tony Stewart did his best to thrust himself back into title contention. After winning Sunday’s race, the Rushville Rocket is in fifth place in points and poised to put pressure on the drivers ahead of him.

Was Stewart able to ride the wave of excitement from his win to the top of the rankings? Or with Jimmie Johnson extending his lead in the point standings, was he able to increase his lead around these parts? How much of a boost did Clint Bowyer receive from his strong run, and did Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, and Matt Kenseth stay in the top 15 after their engines expired on Sunday? Check out this week’s poll to find out if your favorite driver was able to bask in the California sunshine… or if they ended up mired in the smog.

Rank Driver (First Place Votes) Votes Last Week
1 Jimmie Johnson (8) 211 1
1st at Dover, 2nd at Kansas, 3rd at Fontana, fourth straight top-5 on the way at Charlotte, fifth championship a mere formality. God, you don’t think he could do six in a row … right?
2 Denny Hamlin 193 3
Spent the last two weeks acing survival mode, a sign of newfound maturity. But if you’re going to beat the No. 48, at some point you’ve got to stop playing defensive and start throwing punches before your opponent comes through with the final-round TKO.
3 Tony Stewart (1) 183 6
Just think – if he actually gave a s*** about saving fuel, Smoke would be leading the points right now and reviving the 2005 title fight between he and Johnson.
4 Jeff Gordon 182 5
How can you shoot yourself in the foot any more once you run out of toes? The way things are going this season, We’re worried poor Leo’s going to have to take the bullets for Daddy.
5 Kevin Harvick (2) 181 2
Should change his nickname from Happy to Herpes, because the poor guy just hangs around and won’t go away.
6 Carl Edwards 141 4
A broken distributor? What was he driving, a ’59 Thunderbird? Nobody breaks a distributor anymore.
7 Kyle Busch 127 8
New Kyle has Chase chances expire just as early and often as Old Kyle.
8 Ryan Newman 126 11
Trying his best to win the nomination for the annual “2010 I Got Screwed Athlete Of The Year” by the AP.
9 Kurt Busch 117 10
How much would you have paid to hear his first reaction verbalized upon getting run into by David Ragan at Fontana? Even the Muppets in the UPS commercials would start crying.
10 Clint Bowyer 113 15
Hmmm. Debris caution when race is in hand, robbing a guy who just got hit with a 150-point fine, and doesn’t have either a crew chief or car chief for the next month? And NASCAR wonders why people question the integrity of the sport? Did Brian France phone that one in, too…
11 Greg Biffle 112 7
It done blew up.
12 Jeff Burton 103 9
To quote Ty Webb from Caddy Shack: “You’re not uh… you’re not… not good…”
13 Jamie McMurray 87 14
Five more laps led and he’ll have doubled Carl Edwards’ total for the year.
14 A.J. Allmendinger 74 13
Waiting for the curse of Richard Petty – owner to set in. Still waiting …
15 Matt Kenseth 73 12
Slowly and quietly trying hard to become a weekly contender during the Chase.
Dropped Out: None.
Also Receiving Votes: Mark Martin (69), Paul Menard (50), Kasey Kahne (39), Joey Logano, David Reutimann (27), Regan Smith (20), Juan Pablo Montoya (18), Martin Truex, Jr. (9), Elliott Sadler (6), Brad Keselowski (5), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (4), David Ragan (3), Casey Mears (2), David Gilliland (2), Scott Speed (1), Sam Hornish, Jr. (1), Kevin Conway (1).
Writer Voting Panel: Phillip Allaway, Brock Beard, Thomas Bowles, Bryan Keith, Tony Lumbis, Mike Neff, Vito Pugliese, Mike Ravesi, Kurt Smith, Garrett Horton, and Matt Taliaferro.

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10/13/2010 08:23 PM

The distributor doesn’t break. The pickup fails and stops the spark, kind of like Randy at the bar.


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