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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Kentucky

Frontstretch Staff · Wednesday July 4, 2012

 

Frontstretch Power Rankings

What Kentucky Speedway lacked in traffic issues, they made up for in mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. If you were at home to see the broadcast, you know what I mean. Between the ads, however, Keselowski was able to cruise to his second win of the season, though Kyle Busch was clearly the class of the field with 118 of the 267 laps led. He finished tenth after recovering from a broken shock.

Did Keselowski’s win propel him to the top of our rankings? Did Busch get any sympathy votes for his string of bad luck? Keep reading to find out: 

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 Bedgood calculates the points, adds some funny one-liners, and ... here you go!

FRONTSTRETCH TOP 15 POWER RANKINGS: JULY 4th
Rank Driver (First Place Votes) Votes Last Week
1 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (3) 116 6

Coming off his first win in four years at Michigan just two weeks ago, Earnhardt Jr. said that he's ready to win again and this time he's not going to be as patient about it. Luckily for him, Daytona is up next and with the Fourth of July being observed this weekend it certainly will be celebrated like a national holiday should he win. Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com

2 Matt Kenseth 107 3

His race was sort of like his personality. Quiet, but always around to snag a good finish. Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com

2 Jimmie Johnson (2) 107 1

When “getting loose” and finishing sixth is a disappointing night … folks, we just might get to see that six pack after all. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com 

4 Brad Keselowski (1) 98 9

Three wins this season, Keselowski is deserving of a Chase berth, yet he still is not high enough in the points to guarantee a locked in position. With nine to go, he needs more wins or he once again is banking on the wildcard. Amanda Ebersole, SkirtsandScuffs.com

5 Denny Hamlin95 12

Announced a contract extension on Twitter, then finished third in the race. I bet even Pinterest couldn’t do that. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com 

6 Greg Biffle76 5

Ran decent until his flat that no one watching TNT saw. Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com

7 Kasey Kahne7314

Second, Kahne? After a rocky start to his tenure at HMS, any race that he finishes is a success but his luck has seemed to turn around in the past few weeks. Amanda Ebersole, Frontstretch.com

8 Clint Bowyer71 4

We saw more of Bowyer during the commercials breaks than during the actual broadcast. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com 

8 Kevin Harvick717

No truth to the rumor that Harvick will be changing his name to "Kevin Dillon" to get the good stuff that his fans are convinced Childress has been giving to his grandsons. Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com

10 Jeff Gordon67 10

Got a good finish at Kentucky BUT his position in the points still sucks! In the words of the Soup Nazi: No Chase for you! Amanda Ebersole, SkirtsandScuffs.com

11 Martin Truex, Jr. 62 8

He’s been running well enough to stay inside the Chase, but not well enough that he’ll have anything to say about it once the points reset. Though compared to this point last season, he’s a champ! Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com

12 Tony Stewart 61 2

Angry Tony made his presence known Saturday after his EFI decided to take a vacation. Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com

13 Kyle Busch 56 NR

After hitting the wall, and effectively ending his chance at victory, Busch called himself a dumbass on the radio. Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski concurred and then won the race. Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com

14 Carl Edwards 44 15

It was the fuel mileage, dammit! So close to at least a top 5 finish, Edwards lost out on a fuel miscue. There is no ifs, ands, or buts about it, the 99 team NEEDS a win! Amanda Ebersole, SkirtsandScuffs.com

15 AJ Allmendinger 34NR

Two consecutive ninth-place runs look good on paper, but it’s too little, too late for this team when it comes to the Chase. On the bright side—for Penske at least—Keselowski will have a test dummy if he can keep himself inside the Chase. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com 

Dropped Out: Marcos Ambrose, Joey Logano.
Others Receiving Votes: Paul Menard (31), Joey Logano (25), Marcos Ambrose (21), Kurt Busch (12), Jamie McMurray (8), Juan Pablo Montoya (8), Mark Martin (5), Casey Mears (2), Jeff Burton (1), Travis Kvapil (1).
Who Voted: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.comKelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com; Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com; Amanda Ebersole, SkirtsandScuffs.com; Dustin Long, Athlon SportsMatt Taliaferro, Athlon Sports.

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