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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville

With their bumping and banging for the lead on Sunday, Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson were able to make big gains up the Power Rankings ladder. But were they enough to push Jeff Gordon off the top spot? Meanwhile, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Burton were among those who took it on the chin at this short track. Read on to see how far they slid – and which new drivers drove their way up the list – in this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Power Ranking.

How The Rankings Are Calculated: Frontstretch does our power rankings somewhat similar to how the Associated Press does them for basketball or football – writers on 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 one batch of Power Rankings to serve to our fans.

RanDriver (First-Place Votes)VotesLast Week
1Jeff Gordon (6)2171
Consistency is keeping him on top for now – but it will take wins to stay there once the Chase begins.
2Jimmie Johnson (1)2026
Not sure what was more unnecessary at Martinsville this weekend: a competition yellow 16 laps after a caution flag, a caution for a Coors Light can in turn 2, or Johnson’s beard.
3Clint Bowyer1983
Looking more and more like the modern day version of Terry Labonte each week.
4Denny Hamlin (1)17610
Fully trained now to expect he’ll lose races he should win. And that’s not a good thing…
5Kyle Busch1752
Busch into Scott Speed brought the mixture of M&M’s and Red Bull. The result was the kind of disaster one gets with a Pop Rocks and Coke mix…
6Tony Stewart1728
After witnessing Johnson’s somewhat heated post-race statements combined with scruffy stubble, Stewart has become creeped out, thinking Jimmie is trying to become him. If J.J. starts pounding burgers… hide the lotion.
7Kurt Busch1364
Two weeks removed from his first win of the season, Busch was offered the opportunity to exit the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge by the Captain himself during a mid-race R. Lee Ermy Full Metal Jacket tirade. Penske is looking to hire Jimmy Spencer as his spotter.
8Carl Edwards1145
An intermediate track can’t get here fast enough for Cousin Carl.
9Kasey Kahne1059
He’s still finished every race so far on the lead lap. Notice we left out the words “up front.”
10Kevin Harvick10013
Chances Harvick will move KHI to Cup someday and become the unofficial third RCR car like Stewart has with Hendrick: 50/50. Yup. You heard it here first.
11David Reutimann9711
Third place out of the MWR stable has to sting a little bit this week.
12AJ Allmendinger96NR
Fine, we’ll say it. Change his car number to No. 43 and somebody contact STP – before they offer him that U.S.-based Formula 1 ride and it’s too late.
13Dale Earnhardt Jr.9415
After seeing how Dale and Tony Jr. performed after “the talk” this week, maybe Rick Hendrick should be put in charge of turning around the auto industry.
14Ryan Newman79NR
Staged brilliant late-race charge up to sixth place in closing laps – just so he could ambush Johnson with Gillette Sensor upon exiting his car and dispatch with that terrible beard.
15Mark Martin72NR
Back-to-back seventh-place finishes with some of his best tracks coming up. Whoever said Martin was out of it might want to take another look at the little guy. Temporal vein is only at 20% capacity right now… but just wait until Phoenix.
Dropped Out: Matt Kenseth (7), Brian Vickers (12), Jeff Burton (14)
Also Receiving Votes: Jeff Burton (65), Juan Pablo Montoya (59), Marcos Ambrose (49), Matt Kenseth (38), Brian Vickers (26), Michael Waltrip (23), Jamie McMurray (13), Bobby Labonte (4)
Who Voted: Thomas Bowles, Ren Jonsin, Mike Neff, Tony Lumbis, Matt Taliaferro, Vito Pugliese, Bryan Davis Keith, Phillip Allaway, Kurt Smith, Doug Turnbull and Danny Peters


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1 thought on “Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville”

  1. Its a little creepy the way you people stalk Gordon and Johnson . Either creepy or latent . I’m not sure Gordon belongs at the top of the list as hes been outrun every race this season , but i’m positive Johnson belongs no higher on the list than his current NASCAR point standing . And if your ” votes ” are because of Johnsons performance this week , then Denny Hamlin should certainly rank higher because he outran and outdrove Johnson for 99% of the race .

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