The Frontstretch: NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Michigan-2 by Frontstretch Staff -- Wednesday August 22, 2012

Go to site navigation Go to article

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Michigan-2

Frontstretch Staff · Wednesday August 22, 2012


Frontstretch Power Rankings
Heartbreak may not even begin to describe what Jimmie Johnson felt after losing just one lap to go thanks to a blown engine. One man's loss was another man's gain, however, and Greg Biffle returned to Victory Lane for the second time this year. Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski's strong run also brought him to the forefront of everyone's minds as we head to the Chase for the Sprint Cup. 
How did these three fair in our rankings? Did Biffle's win vault him to the top? 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!

Rank Driver (First Place Votes) Votes Last Week
1 Greg Biffle (4)  115 3
Just won, is the point leader, and will probably still be flying under everyone's radar. Tony Lumbis,
2 Brad Keselowski (2)109 2
This dude just seems to want the title (and to win in general) much more than anyone else right now. Simple as that. Phil Allaway,
3 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 104 5
Not to upset Jr. Nation, but it still shocks me to type his name in the top 10. Is this really August 2012?? Amanda Ebersole,
4 Matt Kenseth 100 4
 If Kenseth wasn't leaving at the end of the season, I would almost expect Kenseth and teammate Biffle to be each other's biggest challenges. Too bad, because that would be fun to watch. Summer Bedgood,
5 Jimmie Johnson85 1
Welcome Jimmie, to the life of most of your 42 competitors have been used at one time or another. Tony Lumbis,
T-6 Martin Truex, Jr.83 8
We all know that NAPA knows how, they just need to know how to drive to Victory Lane. Amanda Ebersole,
T-6 Kasey Kahne8311
 "Wild card" isn't a name you typically expect to be associated with an HMS driver, but considering how the beginning of Kahne's season went, it's almost a miracle. Summer Bedgood,
8 Clint Bowyer81 7
I am sure Clint is so glad he left RCR, because he is outrunning the RCR teams in the points and usually on track. Amanda Ebersole,
9 Denny Hamlin6215
 Hamlin is pretty much a lock for the Chase, but otherwise he might just be taking up space. Summer Bedgood,
10 Ryan Newman59 14
The "Greg Biffle equivalent" of the Wild Card race, flying under the radar in the second wild card spot. Tony Lumbis,
T-11 Marcos Ambrose 57 12
The team is starting to get on a roll,  but is it too little, too late? Tony Lumbis,
T-11 Carl Edwards 57 13
The Chase looms like a black cloud above Eeyore's head, it is make or break time, do or die - is that enough cliches to say, "Move it Edwards!"? Amanda Ebersole, 
13 Tony Stewart 46 6
Tough to tell if this team would be a Chase contender or a simply a "waste of a Chase spot." Tony Lumbis,
14 Paul Menard 43 NR
 Menard can at least be applauded for being consistent, but it's not exactly the type of consistency Mr. Childress is hoping for. Summer Bedgood,
15 Jeff Gordon 429
Picked an interesting career considering aggressive driving appears to irk him. Tony Lumbis,
Dropped Out: Kyle Busch (10). 
Others Receiving Votes:  Kyle Busch (40), Kevin Harvick (34), Sam Hornish Jr. (22), Jamie McMurray (17), Jeff Burton (8), Joey Logano (4), Regan Smith (4), Aric Almirola (2), Mark Martin (2), Travis Kvapil (1). 
Who Voted: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.comSummer Bedgood,; Carolyn Brewster, NASCAR Illustrated; Amanda Ebersole,; Dustin Long, Athlon Sports; Tony Lumbis,

Contact Summer Bedgood

The Frontstretch Newsletter, back in 2014 gives you more of the daily news, commentary, and racing features from your favorite writers you know and love. Don’t waste another minute – click here to sign up now. We’re here to make sure you stay informed … so make sure you jump on for the ride!

Today on the Frontstretch:
Championship Caliber? What Does That Even Mean?
Mirror Driving: Winning Vs. Points, Needing a Boost, and The Lady’s Last Dance?
Nuts for Nationwide: The Curious Case of Elliott Sadler
Happiness Is…Arrogance, Less, Next, and the Outdoors
Frontstretch Foto Funnies: It’s Not Gonna Fit…


©2000 - 2008 Frontstretch Staff and Thanks for visiting the Frontstretch!

08/22/2012 11:06 PM

Thank you for recognizing that Ryan Newman Is still in the hunt. You’re right, he and other good drivers such as Biffle and Kenseth fly under the radar. They don’t get out and show their a$$ every weekend, so no one ever talks about them. Not to mention, that 99% of the commentators on ESPN and Fox have affiliations with active teams or they’re so biased towards certain drivers that its nuts. Just my opinion (everyone has one) if you want to be an announcer , you shouldn’t be a team owner or be a consultant for a race team.