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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Samsung 500 at Texas

Things at Texas happen fast these days, leaving the margin of error slim to none on what’s become the sport’s speediest track. From Kyle Busch cutting a tire to Carl Edwards having trouble on pit road, too many of the sport’s biggest superstars discovered that answer too little, too late.

The end result was a major shakeup in our poll this week, with our experts dropping no less than three drivers right out of the rankings. Luckily for Jeff Gordon, he already knew the dangers – 0-for-16 for his career in the Lone Star State entering Sunday – and was finally able to put the bad karma behind him in streaking to his first victory of 2009.

But was Gordon’s come from behind win enough to leave him on top of our list? Read on to find out in the latest edition of our Top 15.

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.

FRONTSTRETCH TOP-15 POWER RANKINGS: APRIL 8th, 2009
Rank Driver (First-Place Votes) Votes Last Week
1 Jeff Gordon (10) 219 1
Rick Hendrick wasn’t at the race Sunday and his phone call to Gordon broke up in victory lane. I bet he wishes Jeff didn’t have Sprint…
2 Jimmie Johnson 183 2
Now up to second in points after finishing second in the rankings to Gordon on Sunday. Johnson is still a substantial amount behind his teammate, but coming on strong – just like he did in the last 10 laps on Sunday.
3 Tony Stewart 182 6
You know, if you include Stewart, you could say Dale Earnhardt Jr. is fifth on the Hendrick totem pole. How’s THAT to infuriate Junior Nation?
4 Kurt Busch (1) 169 7
If we all talked to our boss here at Frontstretch the way Busch did to Roger Penske on the radio last week at M’villle, well, let’s just say we wouldn’t get a pay check…
5 Carl Edwards 169 8
Wanted! Replacements for Edwards’s injured pit crew members. Ability not to buckle under pressure a MUST.
6 Clint Bowyer 162 3
When RCR gets to “cookie cutters,” man does their cookie crumble.
7 Kyle Busch 156 5
Kyle had contact with John Andretti, cutting a tire in the process. It was a weird incident – almost like it was intentional.
8 Denny Hamlin 132 4
When’s the next short-track race?
9 Matt Kenseth 129 NR
When’s he’s good, he’s good. When he’s bad… run for cover.
10 David Reutimann 115 11
If Reutimann only played four square as a kid, he’d have figured out how to park that car within the white lines. We guarantee it…
11 Jeff Burton 99 NR
Hey, look! Jeff Burton scored a top 15. What a surprise….
12 Greg Biffle 88 NR
Looked like the Biffle of old this weekend… and so did his team on pit road.
13 Kasey Kahne 82 9
Dear Mr. Gillett, can we please start using the new Dodge motor? XOXO, BFF Kasey.
14 Mark Martin 76 15
Everything in Texas is big; but to Martin’s dedicated bunch of loyalists across the country, a fifth Annual Fan Appreciation day in Arkansas will wind up being far bigger this week.
T-15 Kevin Harvick 65 10
He was running at the finish – that’s about all you can say for this past weekend.
T-15 Juan Pablo Montoya 65 NR
Making the Chase as a one-car team? The way things are going, Montoya might be trying to do that come September.
Dropped Out: AJ Allmendinger (12), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (13), Ryan Newman (14)
Also Receiving Votes: Brian Vickers (60), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (45), Ryan Newman (42), AJ Allmendinger (19), Jamie McMurray (14), David Stremme (11), Michael Waltrip (9), Martin Truex Jr. (7), Marcos Ambrose (6), Bobby Labonte (3), Paul Menard (2), David Ragan (1)
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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Bryan Davis Keith

Just a couple of comments…

Having lots of horsepower but not able to stick it to the track is worthless.
But, from what we’re learning, the new Dodge motor has lotsa power, is lighter (100 lbs, meaning ballast can be placed lower in the frame rails), and requires less cooling air so the new Dodge nose can be exploited even further.

It’s springtime and RPM might want to consider having a yard sale to rid themselves of the old motors!

Secondly; I was shocked to see how poorly the RCR cars ran.

Bryan Davis Keith

Finaly!!!Someone finaly said the truth.Stewart is owned by HMS. Stewart had nothing to do with this turnaroud other than drive the car. Geez

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