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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 All-Star Race at Charlotte

The All-Star Race is all about the money, with a cool $1 million on the line, no one holds back and mayhem typically ensues. Or, as this year’s event showed, it can turn into a parade around the track where track position dominates the event and there is almost no passing for the lead. While the $1 million was still paid, the race was a snooze-fest and the only real excitement was two different Joe Gibbs cars falling out of the lead with engine failure. While the race didn’t provide much action, it did provide a little movement in the power rankings. Read on to see if our picks are all-star or all washed up.

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
1Kyle Busch (8)1781
 Still faster than most of the teams while he runs on seven cylinders.
2Dale Earnhardt Jr.1543
 Without tires, didn’t have a shot to win, with tires, didn’t have enough time to win.
3Denny Hamlin1514
 Lobbying NASCAR to have every race shortened by 15 laps since its seems like that’s about the time his victories go up in smoke.
4Carl Edwards (1)1505
 Golly Gee, I was so looking forward to racing Busch. If I can’t beat the best, then I don’t want to win either.
5Jeff Burton1502
 Hey, he beat Dale Jarrett in the All-Star race.
6Clint Bowyer1326
 Richmond seems much longer than just two races ago.
7Jimmie Johnson1307
 Pit strategy accounted for his All-Star finish a lot more than his racecar.
8Tony Stewart1188
 Shows his years of experience over his teammates by breaking his engine BEFORE the race.
9David Ragan8710
 The same handling issues that killed Edwards and Biffle sabotaged Ragan’s Showdown hopes.
10Greg Biffle7611
 Who knew two tires could kill a car that badly?
11Jeff Gordon759
 Back when he won this race, gas was under $2.00 a gallon.
12Kevin Harvick 7112
 Best in the RCR camp didn’t mean much Saturday night.
13Ryan Newman 6513
 Might actually be getting a little faster the last few weeks.
14Mark Martin55NR
 Keeping the fan base buying merchandise with one race every few weeks.
15Martin Truex Jr.5114
 Hoping that he won’t have to ride in the middle of the pack all night Sunday like he did Saturday night.

 

Falling out of the rankings:
Travis Kvapil

Also receiving votes:
Travis Kvapil (49)
Matt Kenseth (38)
Kasey Kahne (35)
Brian Vickers (30)
Juan Pablo Montoya (28)
Jamie McMurray (17)
David Gilliland (14)
Bobby Labonte (10)
Casey Mears (8)
Kurt Busch (7)
Sam Hornish Jr. (3)
Scott Riggs (2)
Paul Menard (1)
Dave Blaney (1)
David Reutimann (1)

Writers voting this week: Cami Starr, Mike Neff, Tony Lumbis, Vito Pugliese and Bryan Davis Keith

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