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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings After the 2007 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega

Frontstretch Editor Nextel Cup Power Rankings
As of Oct. 10, 2007

1) Jeff Gordon (6 First-Place Votes)
Last Week: 3
Was going to either win or become a hood ornament on Tony Stewart‘s Chevy in a daring last-lap pass at Talladega.

2) Jimmie Johnson (1 First-Place Vote)
Last Week: 1
Didn’t Jimmie learn last year not to have your teammate behind you on the last lap?

3) Clint Bowyer
Last Week: 2
Secret formula for being the lone DEI/RCR engine to hold together: one quart of 10W-30 Jack Daniel’s.

Tie 4) Tony Stewart
Last Week: 5
Drove the CoToT (Car of Ticked Off Tony) to a top-10 finish at Talladega, keeping the fire lit and the title hopes alive.

Tie 4) Casey Mears
Last Week: Tie 6
The only driver with four top-10 finishes in four Chase races – if he makes it in next year, look out!

6) Carl Edwards
Last Week: Tie 6
One of the few Ford drivers who made the “hang in the back” strategy actually work.

7) Greg Biffle
Last Week: 4
Today’s AFLAC Trivia Question: When’s the last time Biffle finished a restrictor-plate race? What a buzzkill.

8) Kurt Busch
Last Week: NR
For a while, it looked like he was either going to earn – or assist – in Penske’s first restrictor-plate victory on Sunday.

9) Reed Sorenson
Last Week: NR
Over the last four races, Sorenson ranks seventh in average finish with a 15.25 – only four Chasers have done better than that!

10) Denny Hamlin
Last Week: NR
FedEx seems to be delivering a bit late this year.

Dropped Out: Matt Kenseth (8), Martin Truex Jr. (9), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (10)

Also Receiving Votes: Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne

Who Voted? Tom Bowles, Managing Editor; Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor; Amy Henderson, Assistant Editor; Kim DeHaven, Public Relations Coordinator; Tony Lumbis, Contributing Writer (Filling in for ailing Editor Cami Starr); Matt Taliaferro, AthlonSports.com Racing Editor; Publisher Ren Jonsin.

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