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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 NASCA Banking 500 at Charlotte

NASCAR came home for the only night race of the playoffs Saturday, overseeing a coronation of the Lowe’s Motor Speedway “King” for the first time in four years. Dominating for a second straight week in the Chase, Jimmie Johnson once again took the checkered flag at the track with his sponsor’s name to solidify his hold on the championship. Johnson’s victory also sealed his stamp on the Power Rankings, giving him all of the first place votes as well as a second and third from one contributor who feels the No. 48 team is running so well right now, they’re that far ahead of the competition.

But what about the chaos behind our points leader? Unlike last week, only three drivers maintained the same position in our poll as the underdogs ruled at Lowe’s – in fact, just four Chasers finished the night in the top 10 while many top contenders fell flat on their face. Were any of the one-week wonders able to crack inside our Power Rankings? Read our latest edition below to find out.

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.

RankDriver (First-Place Votes)VotesLast Week
1Jimmie Johnson (9)2171
It’s not over until the fat la… wait, what’s that? Chad Knaus already made her sing? Never mind. It’s over.
2Jeff Gordon1664
Waiting for the Gordon “Behind The Wheel” special where he’s filmed looking at a picture of Johnson, staring at an empty trophy case, and downing a bottle of scotch every night. It’s coming….
3Mark Martin1582
Saturday night wasn’t a total choke, but there was definitely a severe cough.
4Tony Stewart1415
After complaints from fellow drivers, Stewart will be hooked up to polygraph machines this week to see if he really likes Old Spice Deodorant.
5Kurt Busch1386
An admirable showing so far with an MIA crew chief and a manufacturer that doesn’t even know its status for 2010.
6Juan Pablo Montoya1363
Who knew Juan Pablo’s Kryptonite would be a Count with a chocolate fetish?
7Kasey Kahne11812
Restarted like the Anti-Hornaday Saturday night.
8Ryan Newman10010
So the good Transformer lost to the bad Transformer. Guess cartoons really aren’t real!
 T-9Greg Biffle958
If Todd Bodine‘s the “Cue Ball,” can we start calling Biffle “The Pinball?” Pretty please?
T-9Matt Kenseth9511
Matt doesn’t agree, but missing the Chase could be the best thing that ever happened to wake up this team.
11Denny Hamlin807
Just give up and quit. It’s too hard.
12Kyle Busch76T – 13
Pink M&M’s are tasty… but not fast.
13Clint Bowyer75T – 13
Screw Cheerios! Looks like Bowyer’s found his extra special formula to gain extra speed: Marshmallows.
14Carl Edwards679
Not only was the No. 99 out to lunch at Lowe’s… it was a full seven-course affair.
15Casey Mears59T – 15
If this racing thing doesn’t work out, he’ll do well in corporate America. After all, he always does just enough not to get fired….
Dropped Out: Brian Vickers (T-15)
Also Receiving Votes: David Reutimann (36), Joey Logano (31), Brian Vickers (29), Kevin Harvick (23), Marcos Ambrose (18), Brad Keselowski (11), Martin Truex Jr. (9), Jeff Burton (8), David Ragan (3), David Stremme (2)
Who Voted: Thomas Bowles, Mike Neff, Tony Lumbis, Doug Turnbull, Matt Taliaferro, Vito Pugliese, Bryan Keith, Phillip Allaway and Kurt Smith.


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1 thought on “Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 NASCA Banking 500 at Charlotte”

  1. I’ll comment here about your article on the drug testing and it’s “selective” enforcement and publicity.

    A very nice job of writing what many of us think and know.

    I also am hoping that this fits into a Jeremy defense and ultimately the exposure of NA$CRAP!

    After the initial news clipping about JC, it was simply dropped from the radar. Bet the france budget has taken a hit in keeping all those people quiet!

    And what’s that word we like to use when discussing NA$CRAP?


    Or is that:

    CREDIBILITY? or lack thereof!

    When will the masses ever wake up?

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