Frontstretch Staff · Wednesday October 31, 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: OCTOBER 31st|
|Rank||Driver (First Place Votes)||Votes||Last Week|
|1||Jimmie Johnson (7)||159||1|
|Mission accomplished. Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com|
|2||Brad Keselowski (1)||151||2|
|Has performed admirably over the past couple of weeks. However, if the No. 2 team is going to take the championship, they have to do much more than survive once the Chase enters its stretch run. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|5-Hour Energy pill wore off after only three hours at Martinsville. Would have loved to see this guy pull the upset, though because there's no doubt a man with nothing to lose would have made the final three races real interesting. Tom Bowles, Frontstretch.com|
|4||Kasey Kahne||134||T - 5|
|Kasey seemed like the fourth Hendrick car on Sunday, regardless of the excellent finish he ultimately had. Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com|
|Texas is a "checkers or wreckers" type track for Gordon, which is exciting. But neither of these scenarios will make him relevant in this championship again. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|Hamlin's 2012 Chase chance shorted out at Martinsville. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|7||Matt Kenseth||101||T - 5|
|Weird Chase quirk: five of Kenseth's seven Chase finishes have been first or 14th. The other two? 18th and 35th. If that's not the definition of inconsistency, well, I'm not quite sure what is. Tom Bowles, Frontstretch.com|
|I thought non-Chaser Kyle Busch would be extremely dangerous to Jimmie Johnson in the final laps of Martinsville. After all, that chrome horn isn't difficult to use. Yet while Busch was able to race Johnson aggressively... he stayed clean. Yes, he ultimately fell short, but the racing had no impact on Johnson's Chase. A step in the right direction? I'd say so. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|You probably did a "double take" looking at the results. Yes, The Biff did have a top-10 finish at Martinsville. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|10||Martin Truex, Jr.||85||7|
|Despite a bad penalty, losing a lap for changing lanes on a Martinsville restart Truex could still be in line for a career year. There's only one thing missing from 2012 to make those two words a reality: Sprint Cup win. Tom Bowles, Frontstretch.com|
|Where there's Smoke, there's fire as Stewart showed during the live TV broadcast of practice this weekend. Too bad that was the only thing memorable about Stewart at Martinsville. Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com|
|12||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||66||15|
|Had a decent comeback Sunday, but he's probably not happy with the finish. Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com|
|Vickers may have earned a full-time ride in the eyes of many fans, and I bet you MWR would agree. That's why he's sticking around once that old fart... er, I mean, veteran... fully retires from that No. 55 car. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|With "Slugger" back in place and two 1.5-mile ovals left on the schedule, Menard's looking to hit a home run of an upset over the season's last three weeks. And who would have guessed that at this point, out of RCR's three-driver stable he'd be the one with the best chance to get to Victory Lane? Tom Bowles, Frontstretch.com|
|Needed the first 10 cars to be taken out in a wreck this time if he was going to take home the checkers at the paperclip-shaped track. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|Dropped Out: Carl Edwards (13th), Kevin Harvick (11th).|
|Others Receiving Votes: Aric Almirola (41), Kevin Harvick (38), Carl Edwards (35), Joey Logano (27), Mark Martin (16), Bobby Labonte (11), Jeff Burton (11), Kurt Busch (11), Regan Smith (5), Landon Cassill (3), Marcos Ambrose (3), Sam Hornish, Jr. (3), Jamie McMurray (1).|
|Who Voted: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com; Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com; Carolyn Brewster, NASCAR Illustrated; Tom Bowles, Frontstretch.com; Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com; Dustin Long, Athlon Sports; Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com; Matt Taliaferro, Athlon Sports.|
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