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The Texas Motor Speedway was a fickle lady this past weekend. Past champions couldn't keep their car on the lead lap, the polesitter lost the handle late in the race, and three drivers who were rookies just last season finished in the Top 17. The people who vote in the Frontstretch poll have spoken following the madness... and the movement in the poll may surprise you. Read on to see this week's changes below, and see if you agree with our staff's opinions... or if you think they've completely spun out of control.

Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Samsung 500 at Texas

The Texas Motor Speedway was a fickle lady this past weekend. Past champions couldn’t keep their car on the lead lap, the polesitter lost the handle late in the race, and three drivers who were rookies just last season finished in the top 20. The people who vote in the Frontstretch poll have spoken following the madness… and the movement in the poll may surprise you. Read on to see this week’s changes below, and see if you agree with our staff’s opinions… or if you think they’ve completely spun out of control.

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.

RankDriver (First Place Votes)PointsLast Week
1Jeff Burton (5)1722
 That steady plodding you hear is Burton marching towards his first championship.
2Carl Edwards (3)1609
 Can’t wait for Bristol, Martinsville, New Hampshire, Phoenix, Dover, Richmond, Sonoma and Watkins Glen to be dropped from the schedule.
3Kyle Busch1467
 Actually heard complaining on the radio that his car was too loose. We really didn’t think that was possible.
4Dale Earnhardt, Jr.1431
 Enough near-misses now that he’s getting to the point where “exceeding expectations” is clashing with “almost isn’t good enough.”
4Tony Stewart (1)1436
 Still winless, but it’s still April; we’re about a month away from when this team takes the season seriously.
6Denny Hamlin1385
 If we ran over Clint Bowyer in the Midwest and lived to tell about it, Iwed faint on pit road, too.
7Kevin Harvick1293
 Has anyone noticed that Happy is second in points?
8Jimmie Johnson12210
 That’s right, the 2-time champ is getting back to the front on the intermediate tracks. That light at the end of the tunnel just might be a train.
9Clint Bowyer11011
 Crashed across the line again; but this time, at least he was on his wheels.
10Matt Kenseth8813
 All good cars and nothing to show for it makes this champ a crabby, crabby man; especially when he’s looking like the third-best car at Roush Fenway these days.
11Greg Biffle 858
 An untimely engine failure makes a timely rebound at Phoenix critical to keep the Biff from being a one-month wonder.
12Ryan Newman8214
 Still on the post-Daytona 500 hangover after failing post-race inspection at Texas.
13Jeff Gordon614
 Hey, everyone finishes 43rd once in a while. Sometimes it’s just twice in 15 years.
14David Ragan58NR
 Continuing to prove it isn’t the equipment that makes Jamie McMurray bad.
15Kasey Kahne5612
 Dodge has led just 11 laps since the Daytona 500; Kahne has led two of them. Don’t be fooled.

Falling out of the rankings:
Martin Truex, Jr. (15)

Also receiving votes:

Juan Pablo Montoya (34)
Brian Vickers (32)
Martin Truex Jr. (25)
Kurt Busch (25)
Jamie McMurray (23)
Mark Martin (17)
Casey Mears (13)
Travis Kvapil (10)
David Gilliland (7)
Paul Menard (5)
Bobby Labonte (4)
Elliott Sadler (2)

Writers voting this week: Ren Jonsin, Tom Bowles, Cami Starr, Kim DeHaven, Mike Neff, Vito Pugliese, Matt Taliaferro and Bryan Davis Keith

 

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About Mike Neff

Mike Neff
What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Friday with Tech Talk. Mike announces several shows each year for the Good Guys Rod and Custom Association. He also pops up everywhere from PRN Pit Reporters and the Press Box with Alan Smothers to SIRIUS XM Radio. He has announced at tracks all over the Southeast, starting at Millbridge Speedway. He's also announced at East Lincoln Speedway, Concord Speedway, Tri-County Speedway, Caraway Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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