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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Dover II

Frontstretch Staff · Wednesday October 3, 2012

 

Frontstretch Power Rankings
While Talladega is still ahead, it seems that the championship players have clearly been set. Not only are we seeing a repeat of 2010, with a Denny Hamlin vs. Jimmie Johnson championship fight, but the third dog in play, Brad Keselowski, is proving to be more than just a darkhorse candidate. He's ahead of both drivers in the standings and has won two out of the last three races. Call me crazy, but I think we have a fight on our hands!
 
That trio is clearly battling to take hold of the top spot on our list. But while Keselowski took the lead in the point standings, was he able to ascend to the top over here? Continue 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: OCTOBER 3rd
Rank Driver (First Place Votes) Votes Last Week
1  Brad Keselowski (4) 136 
A trend is developing with Keselowski: a he vs. the world mentality. On and off the track for that matter. His "My Chase" commercial is about other drivers not treating him right, and Sunday before the race he tweeted about other drivers getting attention for their attitude. Imagine what he's going to say if he wins the championship? Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com
2  Jimmie Johnson (2)135 
Yes, he's winless in the Chase. No, he's not nervous. Mike Neff, Frontstretch.com
3  Denny Hamlin (1) 128 
His next sports psychology session: "Denny, learn to love your gas tank." Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com
4  Clint Bowyer 112 
If Bowyer ever had a shot to get his name amongst the championship contenders, this is it. The two-time defending winner at Talladega needs to approach the race with a checkers or wreckers attitude ... or at least we hope he does, anyways. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com
5  Jeff Gordon102 
This year, even when Gordon has been poised to shock the world, it has just been a static spark. Mike Neff, Frontstretch.com
6  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.98 
Earnhardt's fans are SO disappointed in his Chase Series start ... and apparently that's a good thing! Steve Letarte tweeted that he was happy to see expectations are so high. Meanwhile, everyone else was caught saying, "...Earnhardt made the Chase?" Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com
7  Martin Truex, Jr.92 
Sixth place at Dover is too little, too late. Mike Neff, Frontstretch.com
8  Tony Stewart88 
Going to be asking for Denny's sports psychologist's number before next spring's Dover race. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com
9  Kasey Kahne83 
Kasey Kahne will be testing for Hendrick Motorsports at Talladega Superspeedway. Hopefully, he doesn't turn into their crash test dummy on Sunday, too. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com
10  Kyle Busch81  14 
Another woulda, shoulda, coulda race for the No. 18. Mike Neff, Frontstretch.com 
11  Kevin Harvick 63  10 
The ever reliable National Enquirer has written that Harvick and his wife DeLana are outraged over Tony Stewart grabbing her behind at Chicago. The Enquirer heard wrong -- the only behind that Harvick's outraged over is his own for not finding Victory Lane this year. Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com 
12  Joey Logano 56  NR 
Just recorded his third top-10 finish in three Chase races. Think of how different things could have been had he been able to capitalize on his Pocono win. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com
13  Greg Biffle 54  12 
The driver who led the points for a good portion of the season is now 11th with absolutely no say in the championship whatsoever. Without a top-10 finish this postseason, the Biff is hardly even competitive. Call me crazy... but it looks like the old points system had some flaws, too. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com
14  Mark Martin 47  NR 
The fact that Mark Martin is more impressive to our writers than even some of the full-time rides shows that age is truly only a number. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com
15  Ryan Newman 43 13 
If they can't find any more sponsorship, well, at least Newman can help fans save money on their mortgages. Mike Neff, Frontstretch.com
Dropped Out: Matt Kenseth (11), Paul Menard (15)
Others Receiving Votes:  Matt Kenseth (41), Carl Edwards (41), Paul Menard (21), Marcos Ambrose (11), Sam Hornish, Jr. (11), Regan Smith (8), Kurt Busch (6), Jeff Burton (4), Bobby Labonte (4), Jamie McMurray (2), Brian Vickers (2), Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (1). 
Who Voted: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.comKelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com; Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.comDustin Long, Athlon Sports; Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com Mike Neff, Frontstretch.com; Matt Taliaferro, Athlon Sports.

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