Frontstretch Staff · Wednesday June 27, 2012
How The Rankings Are Calculated: Frontstretch does our power rankings somewhat similar to how the Associated Press does them for basketball or football -- our expert stable of NASCAR writers, both on staff and from other major publications, 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, Summer Dreyer calculates the points, adds some funny one-liners, and ... here you go!
|FRONTSTRETCH TOP 15 POWER RANKINGS: JUNE 17th|
|Rank||Driver (First Place Votes)||Votes||Last Week|
|1||Jimmie Johnson (3)||127||3|
|Lookie there! Five time is back at the top. It’s hard to imagine someone as accomplished as Johnson being “quiet”, yet that’s exactly what he’s been for the past few weeks. Of course, the same could be said at this point for his championship season. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|2||Tony Stewart (1)||122||5|
|Stewart tends to rain on the parades of drivers who break winless streaks. Except Bowyer--he certainly celebrated like it was a national holiday. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|3||Matt Kenseth (1)||119||2|
|Looks at road courses like most other drivers look at Superspeedways: merely surviving is a successful day and Kenseth did just that on Sunday. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|4||Clint Bowyer (2)||117||7|
|Clint Bowyer to MWR is starting to look like the best move of the offseason. Wonder how many people were thinking that last October. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|Easily rebounded from his engine failure at Michigan with back-to-back top-10 finishes to rejoin teammate Kenseth in the top 2 in points.|
|6||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||100||1|
|Might want to consider pulling off his Michigan magic in August, when he can keep the momentum up at Bristol, Atlanta and Richmond afterwards, some of his better tracks as opposed to Sonoma. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|11.2 average finish so far in 2012 is the second best of his career.|
|8||Martin Truex, Jr.||81||11|
|Once again, Truex ran strong and was in the top 5 late in the race only to have Joey Logano cut his tire and drop him to 22nd after leading 15 laps.|
|Ran just well enough to stay out of trouble but wasn't all that impressive.|
|18.9 average finish is the worst of his career. Apparently it IS better to be lucky than good sometimes.|
|Making a lot of enemies on his way into Chase contention. Will that come back to bite him later in the season? Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|His accident streak is starting to look like his teammates' blown engine streak. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|Needs at least two wins to grab wild card. With only one road course left, do his chances still add up?|
|Inconsistency continues to dog him like a bloodhound.|
|The runner-up hangover continues. Somebody get this guy an Egg McMuffin with extra bacon|
|Dropped Out: None.|
|Others Receiving Votes: Kyle Busch (41), Kurt Busch (32), Paul Menard (26), Ryan Newman (23), Brian Vickers (20), A.J. Allmendinger (14), Jeff Burton (14), Juan Pablo Montoya (12), Mark Martin (4), Jamie McMurray (3), Casey Mears (1).|
|Who Voted: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com; Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com; Carolyn Brewster, NASCAR Illustrated; Amanda Ebersole, SkirtsandScuffs.com; Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com; Dustin Long, Athlon Sports; Mike Neff, Frontstretch.com; Matt Taliaferro, Athlon Sports.|
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