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

A crash on lap 3, combined with 111 points lost to his closest competition at Texas, didn’t faze any of our voters in this week’s poll. Not only did Jimmie Johnson maintain his first-place position in unanimous fashion, he maintains a rather healthy points lead in our Power Rankings over second place with just two more polls left to go. But the fuel strategy that played out at the end of a wild finish Sunday certainly shook up the spots behind him. While one Busch left with a trophy, the other one left in a huff as Lady Luck only played out for one. But did Kyle’s late-race trouble with his fuel tank leave us hesitant to hand him more votes?

You’ll have to read on to find out. Check out the Power Rankings to see who our experts have gaining the most momentum – or losing it – with the season quickly winding to a close.

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: NOVEMBER 11th, 2009
RankDriver (First-Place Votes)VotesLast Week
1Jimmie Johnson (10)2001
Superman is human, after all!
2Mark Martin1843
Is this a real chance at a title, or – like our Managing Editor likes to say – is Lucy putting that football down for Charlie Brown to try to kick it just one more time?
3Jeff Gordon1712
Texas will forever be known as this man’s kryptonite.
4Kurt Busch156T-11
Finally, we have somebody who looks sillier in a cowboy hat than Gordon.
5Tony Stewart1545
The most surprising Chase flameout. However, under the old points system, he’d have a 93-point lead over Gordon with two races left.
6Kyle Busch1348
So much for the Dave Rogers welcome aboard win.
7Juan Pablo Montoya1284
Looking more like Martin with the luck he’s been having these days.
T-8Greg Biffle1157
Who would have believed Biffle would be the highest-running Roush driver at this point – at seventh in the standings?
T-8Matt Kenseth11513
Too bad they didn’t decide to run that next-generation chassis in August instead of October.
10Denny Hamlin11315
Hey, he didn’t blow up, crash, or run into a longhorn steer on the track.
T-11Ryan Newman8314
Tough Chase, but we’re pretty sure he’ll get to go to the banquet – which is more than Brian Vickers and Carl Edwards can say.
T-11Clint Bowyer83T – 11
If they’re testing for next year, they’re definitely heading in the right direction.
13Kasey Kahne766
So much for his prowess on 1.5-milers… or Richard Petty Motorsports even bothering to worry about how their Dodges perform anymore.
14Jeff Burton59NR
Working hard to rebuild his trademark consistency for 2010 – and it’s working.
15Joey Logano589
Last year at Texas, Logano ran dead last for much of the race and some wondered if he’d ever make it in Cup. This year? Well, he still ran pretty bad… but he also has a win and a pending Rookie of the Year title to hang his hat on.
Dropped Out: Jamie McMurray (10)
Also Receiving Votes: Carl Edwards (55), Kevin Harvick (49), David Reutimann (42), Casey Mears (26), Brian Vickers (26), Marcos Ambrose (24), Jamie McMurray (21), AJ Allmendinger (13), David Ragan (9), Elliott Sadler (3), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2), Martin Truex Jr. (1)
Who Voted: Thomas Bowles, Mike Neff, Tony Lumbis, Doug Turnbull, Matt Taliaferro, Vito Pugliese, Bryan Davis Keith, Phillip Allaway, Kevin Birge and Kurt Smith.

 

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2 thoughts on “Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas”

  1. Hey Doug,

    It’s because our webmaster’s name was incorrectly omitted from the rankings. He’s up there now! 10 people did vote.

    Thanks for pointing out the error!

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