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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas

How The Rankings Are Calculated: Frontstretch does their power rankings somewhat similar to how the Associated Press does them for basketball or football – writers on our staff 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, Mike Neff calculates the points, adds some funny one liners, and… voila! You have the power rankings from our dedicated staff.

So, without further ado… here’s our latest Power Rankings following Las Vegas.

RankDriver (First Place Votes)PtsLast Week
1Carl Edwards (7)1746
 Was seen canvassing the Orleans Casino after the race looking for Brendan Gaughan at the craps table. Mentioned something about an “oil cover…”
2Kyle Busch (2)1681
 M&M’s melted just a little bit in the hot Vegas sun.
3Ryan Newman 1383
 Father’s silly comments about Purdue have not inhibited his strong early-season run.
4Kasey Kahne 1369
 Things learned from Kahne’s Allstate commercials: the colors pink and purple should never be used to paint a car. Or a driver’s suit.
5Greg Biffle11812
 After traversing the country, it appears The Sucking Out Loud Tour has finally coming to an end with headliner Biffle after a little over two years.
6Matt Kenseth1178
 Jeff Gordon should take note that Matt didn’t come over and shove HIM after the race. Although after the hit Gordon took, that would’ve just been mean.
7Dale Earnhardt Jr.11611
 Said he felt like a tool out there after a second-place run. If that’s the case, he must have felt like the whole toolbox over the last couple of years…
8Tony Stewart1142
 Fuse getting shorter… the requisite explosion should be just around the corner.
9Kevin Harvick10915
 He’s the leading Chevy driver in the points standings and no, he doesn’t drive for Hendrick.
10Jeff Burton10810
 The RCR teams look better than ever when it comes to the Car of Tomorrow; now, the real test comes in convincing Burton that’s the case.
11Jeff Gordon 1047
 When you look down and you can’t find your radiator because it’s been catapulted 100 feet from your car, you know you’re not having a good day.
12Jimmie Johnson 964
 What a way to protest the Vegas odds… defying them completely by running like junk!
13Martin Truex Jr.7813
 Toting the DEI banner with the big green fish.
14Kurt Busch675
 When Busch wanted to “knock ’em dead” at his hometown track, little did he know that meant the outside wall.
15Brian Vickers 4814
 Did a masterful job of keeping it off the wall after a spin… all while saying the “F” word on national television.

Also receiving votes:

Elliott Sadler (37)
Denny Hamlin (31)
Bobby Labonte (29)
David Ragan (27)
Mark Martin (17)
Reed Sorenson (17)
Travis Kvapil (13)
Casey Mears (7)
Robby Gordon (6)
Clint Bowyer (5)
Scott Riggs (5)
David Reutimann (3)
David Gilliland (2)

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