Frontstretch Staff · Wednesday September 26, 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 26th|
|Rank||Driver (First Place Votes)||Votes||Last Week|
|1||Jimmie Johnson (7)||140||2|
|At least half of NASCAR nation has him penciled in for the championship already. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|The pre-chase "dark horse" has become one of the early Chase frontrunners. Not to dig up old rivalries or anything, but Keselowski and Hamlin have had a rivalry before. Not that I'm suggesting anything. Unless something actually happens between the two, then yes, I totally did call it. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|Just call him Julius Caesar: He came. He saw. He conquered. After tweeting that he would. Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com|
|Patiently waiting for the next finish based on fuel mileage for his team to leave their mark in this year's Chase. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|Kasey Kahne really needs to quit letting insurance companies sponsor him. They always subject him to the most cruel ... commercials. No, seriously, go look up the newest if you haven't already seen them! They won't help him win any races but, hey, at least the sponsor is happy! Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|Did anyone else hear Stewart revert to his, "Here kitty, kitty, kitty" calling on Sunday? Never thought he would stoop that low as a plea for Darian Grubb to come back. Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com|
|7||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||97||3|
|When you hear more about this guy's football opinions than his on-track performance, there might be a problem. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|It's a good thing Jeff Gordon made the Chase. Now he has a front row seat to watch Jimmie Johnson win the title again! Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|9||Martin Truex, Jr.||78||8|
|As impressive as it was for Truex to make the Chase, I'm pretty sure his championship chances are on life support now. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|Harvick and new son Keelan did a photoshoot together this week. I'm sure Keelan would take a great Victory Lane photo, too, but sadly that doesn't seem to be the way things are going for that team this year. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|One of the most consistent drivers through the regular season is nowhere to be found now that the Chase has started. Meaning the man who many blame for the invention of the Chase is breaking out his checkbook for Brian France to take it away. Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com|
|Looks like he came down with a bad case of Carl Edwards-itis the past 2 weeks. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|Newman made everyone happy by earning another top 10 ... which meant free Bloomin' Onions at Outback Steakhouse on Monday! Can you imagine how little anyone would care about where Newman finished without that litle caveat? Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|Busch did his teammate Hamlin a favor by dropping back to remove a piece of trash from Hamlin's grille. Now if only he could remove that monkey from his back. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|I'm pretty sure every single driver in the "others receiving votes" category should be ashamed of themselves right now. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|Dropped Out: Joey Logano|
|Others Receiving Votes: Joey Logano (28), Carl Edwards (23), Brian Vickers (22), Jeff Burton (14), Mark Martin (13), Marcos Ambrose (9), Regan Smith (9), Sam Hornish Jr. (6), Kyle Busch (6), Jamie McMurray (2).|
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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