Summer Bedgood · Wednesday September 5, 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 Bedgood calculates the points, adds some funny one-liners, and ... here you go!
|FRONTSTRETCH TOP 15 POWER RANKINGS: SEPTEMBER 5th|
|Rank||Driver (First Place Votes)||Votes||Last Week|
|1||Jimmie Johnson (2)||121||1|
|Even with Hamlin winning the past two races and bad race for Johnson in Atlanta, he's still at the top of our list. Either this year's championship is going to look very similar to many of the last or we're going to look very stupid. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|T-2||Denny Hamlin (3)||120||T-4|
|Apparently Darian's championship advice didn't translate to Denny correctly. You're supposed to catch fire during the Chase, not leading up to it. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|T-2||Brad Keselowski (1)||120||6|
|The most infamous water bottle who ever lived. A protege of Keselowski. He must be so proud. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|The worst kept secret in NASCAR, at least for this year, was finally made official on Tuesday. Now what in the world are we going to talk about when it comes to Kenseth? Certainly not the fact that he's going into silent but deadly mode when it comes to the championship. Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com|
|5||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||116||2|
|The weekend just shows how far the #88 has come. Out to lunch on Friday, qualified terribly, came up through the field and got a top-10. Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com|
|He'll lose the points lead after Richmond most likely, but its likely that no one will notice. Like Kenseth, he has a tendency to lead with quiet grace. The Chase pretty much silences those kinds of drivers once and for all. Whether or not that's a good thing is up to you to decide. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|7||Martin Truex Jr.||104||8|
|Nothing, absolutely nothing can be said to Truex that will make him feel better about another race win getting away. Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com|
|Looking very good for a Chase berth. Yes, he's never won this Richmond race, but he's nearly money in the bank for a top-5. That's more than enough to get in. Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com|
|Effectively limped his way into the Chase on Sunday night, but that's all it takes. Will he have any say in the championship? Probably not. But this team was heads and shoulders above where everyone, including myself, thought they would be. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|Stated he wished that he used his bumper at the end of the race. Funny how he feels that is ok for him to do but hasn't been very happy when others have done the same to him over the years. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|Fitting that Harvick's spotter made the SportsCenter sound when he took the lead on Sunday. Only problem is, after leading 258 laps between the Nationwide and Cup race and failing to win either one, Harvick was primed for a spot on the "Not Top 10" list. Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com|
|Was very confident for the Cup race Saturday, then was invisible when he had a chance to get in the top-10 on merit. Not good. Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com|
|Losing Office Depot has to suck. Seeing Hamlin succeed so much with his championship winning crew chief from last year has to suck even more. And to add insult to injury, he still doesn't have that helmet back! Oy vey, Stewart ... Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|Dark horse Chase runner? Possibly. Dark horse championship runner? Three words: No. Freaking. Way. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|Sneaky sneaky. Like John Turturro's character in Mr. Deeds. Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com|
|Dropped Out: Carl Edwards|
|Others Receiving Votes: Carl Edwards (27), Joey Logano (24), Mark Martin (22), Ryan Newman (22), Kurt Busch (16), Sam Hornish Jr. (13), Regan Smith (7), Jeff Burton (6), Jamie McMurray (2), Brian Vickers (1), Juan Pablo Montoya (1), Trevor Bayne (1).|
|Who Voted: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com; Carolyn Brewster, NASCAR Illustrated; Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com; Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com; Dustin Long, Athlon Sports; Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com; Matt Taliaferro, Athlon Sports.|
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