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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta

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 Atlanta.

Rank

Driver (First Place Votes)

Points

Last Week

1

Kyle Busch (4)

176

2

 

The president’s term may be ending, but this Busch is just getting started.

2

Carl Edwards (5)

162

1

 

See, that’s what happens when you don’t take the oil lid off!

3

Greg Biffle

140

5

 

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4

Tony Stewart

127

8

 

Often times, valid points are clouded by the delivery.

5

Kevin Harvick

127

9

 

When Harvick finishes seventh at a track he hasn’t sniffed the top 10 at in seven years, it’s time to move him up the list.

6

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

126

7

 

How long before the talk of Junior getting the best stuff from the Hendrick stable starts?

7

Ryan Newman

122

3

 

Water finds its level… Newman has notched consecutive 14th-place runs.

8

Jeff Burton

120

10

 

Just another top-10 finish… just another top-five points position… just another Jeff Burton-type season.

8

Matt Kenseth

117

6

 

Pulling a top-10 finish out of thin air? Now THAT’s the championship Kenseth we know and love.

10

Jeff Gordon

110

11

 

Whenever Gordon finishes, he’s had a top-five car. But right now, the key word is finish.

11

Kasey Kahne

106

4

 

GEM had a flashback weekend – flashback to their 2007 disaster of a season, that is.

12

Kurt Busch

88

14

 

Waiting until the very end to make a move towards the front once again, it’s clear Kurt works much better under pressure.

13

Jimmie Johnson

76

12

 

When you’re the two-time defending champ and looking to go to your new teammate for setups after only four races, all is not well in paradise.

14

Martin Truex Jr.

63

13

 

Not sure DEI is any better this season, but Truex is certainly maturing as a driver.

15

Brian Vickers

51

15

 

Joins Kyle Busch in the “Hendrick Outcast Whose Career was Rescued by Toyota” Club.

Dropped Out: None

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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