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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Ford 400 at Homestead

As expected Sunday, Jimmie Johnson finished what he started and came home with his fourth consecutive championship. But did his fifth-place finish prove enough to keep him on top of our season-ending poll for the fourth straight year? Read on to find out who our experts tabbed as having the most momentum heading into 2010.

P.S. – Here at Frontstretch, we thank you for taking your time to read the Power Rankings each week. We look forward to serving you again next year!

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)1991
Four in a row is impressive in any era… but convincing many in this one will be an equally impressive feat.
2Mark Martin1802
Five times a bridesmaid, but never a bride… that’s a whole lot of weddings to fall short of the altar, huh.
3Jeff Gordon1713
Can seeing Johnson heading toward the history he hoped to make accelerate his urgency to… retire?
4Kurt Busch1684
Held onto Pat Tryson as long as he possibly could; now, we’ll see who they stick on the box to listen to Kurt’s rants next year.
5Denny Hamlin (1)1675
Possibly the best bet yet to unseat Johnson in 2010… which means he will flop like Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards did in 2009.
6Tony Stewart1276
Under the old points system, he had a shot at the title going into Homestead. Under the current one… well, he still gets punted by Juan Pablo Montoya.
7Juan Pablo Montoya1247
Provided Stewart with “Juan Problem-O” at Homestead.
8Kyle Busch1198
Figured he had to win a Nationwide championship before winning in Cup. Now, will he try and do the same for Trucks?
9Greg Biffle1089
Having such a disappointing season that not even Homestead could save it.
10Jeff Burton9610
Sucked in qualifying and then finished strong. Burton is back!
11Clint Bowyer8411
Was given every reason to fail to start the season… but was the best of the RCR camp by the end of it.
12Matt Kenseth8312
Not sure if Blickensderfer is the answer, but with two wins for Roush in a down year, the driver still has the potential to make a championship run again.
13Kasey Kahne6813
Making the Chase for RPM was a great job, but his disappointment in the Chase was just more of what we’ve grown accustomed to.
14Carl Edwards63NR
Talk about going from the Penthouse to the Outhouse! Edwards’s season was worse than solid waste.
15Ryan Newman6214
Quickly found himself as the fifth man on the Hendrick/Stewart totem pole once the Chase began… and that’s not going to win you a title.
Dropped Out: David Reutimann (15)
Also Receiving Votes: Kevin Harvick (51), David Reutimann (41), Martin Truex Jr. (36), AJ Allmendinger (33), Marcos Ambrose (30), Brian Vickers (29), Joey Logano (22), Jamie McMurray (22), Casey Mears (1), Robby Gordon (1), Bill Elliott (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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1 thought on “Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Ford 400 at Homestead”

  1. WOW! I’m impressed, no JR.!

    Not even a single vote!

    If you took the avenue that NA$CRAP takes, you would be selecting the top 25 drivers, just enough to include Jr.! (isn’t that why the chase went from 10 to 12?)

    But at the rate Jr. is dropping, you list would have to be the top 50!

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