Frontstretch Staff · Wednesday November 21, 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: November 21st|
|Rank||Driver (First Place Votes)||Votes||Last Week|
|1||Brad Keselowski (4)||97||1|
|In a year where the sport and its fans endured fuel mileage races, long monotonous green flag runs and low ratings, perhaps a fresh face holding the Sprint Cup trophy, belonging to someone who speaks his mind, tweets from his car and shows up buzzed on Sports Center is just what this sport needed to spark some excitement heading into 2013. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|2||Clint Bowyer (1)||93||4|
|For all those who doubted his move to MWR - ha ha ha ha!! Amanda Ebersole, SkirtsandScuffs.com|
|The "take it easy and play it conservative" approach hasn't been working out so well lately. Though, in fairness, the engine playing on the same strategy at Homestead didn't help their cause. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|Going to attend the Kevin Harvick School of winning races in the off-season because leading the most laps just doesn't do it for this team. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|Roush Fenway was sorely missing from the championship hunt this season, especially after coming so close with Carl Edwards last year. For a while it looked like Biffle might be carrying that torch, but he quickly fizzled out once the Chase started. Maybe having this year's champion winning team on their side next season with Penske switching to Ford will bring both Biffle and Edwards back to the top. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|In a world that is fair and good, Clint would have caught the No. 24 and dumped him on the final lap, preventing Gordon from winning his first race at HMS. But alas, that is not the kind of world we live in. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|I've been pretty hard on Kahne this year. To be fair he's done well in his first season with Hendrick Motorsports and it's hard to shine when you're racing against superstars. Are all you Kahne fangirls happy now? Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|Ended his tenure at Roush with a very pedestrian 18th-place finish at HMS. Ironically, it is the same finishing position the other Roush icon, Mark Martin ended with in his final hurrah with the "cat in the hat" in 2006. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|I have always been curious, why is he called Happy Harvick? His on track performance is anything but... Amanda Ebersole, SkirtsandScuffs.com|
|Now none of us have an excuse to go to Outback Steakhouse. Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com|
|11||Martin Truex, Jr.||51||13|
|No wins yet again but still a season to be proud of. Amanda Ebersole, SkirtsandScuffs.com|
|After his engine laid down on him at HMS, the Martinsville debacle must not seem so bad anymore. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|If it's any consolation, Carl, your runner-up finish was more fun to watch than Clint Bowyer's. Summer Bedgood Frontstretch.com|
|Three consecutive top-10 finishes is pretty good for the 2004 champ considering most were expecting him to wreck more cars and well, be mean to more people with his new team. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com|
|All Tony wants for Christmas is a year like 2011!! Amanda Ebersole, SkirtsandScuffs.com|
|Dropped Out: Paul Menard (14th).|
|Others Receiving Votes: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (28), Aric Almirola (26), Paul Menard (19), Joey Logano (13), Mark Martin (13), Marcos Ambrose (6), Jeff Burton (5), Sam Hornish Jr. (1).|
|Who Voted: Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com; Amanda Ebersole, SkirtsandScuffs.com; Dustin Long, Athlon Sports; Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com; Matt Taliaferro, Athlon Sports.|
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