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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix

The duel in the desert Saturday night came packaged with a sudden late-night plot twist that led to a green-white-checkered finish for the ages. When the smoke cleared, it was a shocking winner (Ryan Newman) whose 77-race losing streak came to an end while allowing the frustration from other victory droughts (Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon) to grow exponentially.

The final results launched Newman right up our Power Rankings ladder… but there was a roadblock right at the top. As the checkered flag fell Saturday night, there was Jimmie Johnson sitting third, holding rock steady to a top-five finish that solidified his grip atop our rankings. How close was Newman to knocking him off? How much did the “pity factor” give both Gordon and Busch an extra boost? And did Denny Hamlin gutting it out with a gimpy leg help or hurt his cause? Read this week’s Power Rankings to find out where these drivers wound up along with your favorite.

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 14th
RankDriver (First-Place Votes)VotesLast Week
1Jimmie Johnson (10)2171
Amazed Knaus didn’t have him stay out and steal one on old tires. Could Super Chad be slipping?
2Matt Kenseth1952
Tabbed as Johnson’s biggest rival for the championship. In other words, he’s been jinxed (See: Edwards, Carl; Hamlin, Denny; Busch, Kurt).
3Jeff Gordon1905
With seven runner-up finishes but no wins the past year, it’s to the point Gordon should be a rent-a-bridesmaid for somebody’s wedding.
4Kevin Harvick1763
Remember when he was the points leader? Yeah, neither do we.
5Greg Biffle1624
Don’t worry, Greg. Even Jeff Burton can’t score a top 10 every week.
6Clint Bowyer1468
Not sure what was more impressive: a top 10 on Saturday night or keeping the Zaxby’s chicken car intact in the Nationwide race.
7Carl Edwards11611
3-for-3 on top-10 finishes since flipping Brad Keselowski into the wall. Could this be the start of a new trend?
8Jeff Burton1157
Flat tire, pitting outside the box… doesn’t he realize those are things that only happen to Dale Earnhardt Jr.?
9Kyle Busch110NR
Sent Dave Rogers some oil in water this week to show how their partnership is currently working.
10Kurt Busch (1)1086
Can his luck suck any worse? Maybe we shouldn’t ask….
11Mark Martin10610
Phoenix is the destination for many retired Americans; maybe that is why the only AARP card-carrying member of the Cup ranks runs so well there.
12Ryan Newman97NR
If not for GWC finishes, Newman would have one win in five years – and people bag on Junior?
13Joey Logano9613
Don’t look now, but Sliced Bread is busy slicing his way through a Chase-contending field near you.
14Dale Earnhardt Jr.8112
Not sure if 12th was good or bad, but someone needs to figure out why Junior always has chattering tires.
15Tony Stewart759
Apparently, going green doesn’t suit Tony very well… unless it’s being green with envy at watching his other car win the race.
Dropped Out: Paul Menard (14), Denny Hamlin (15)
Also Receiving Votes: Juan Pablo Montoya (59), Denny Hamlin (57), Paul Menard (44), Brad Keselowski (32), AJ Allmendinger (29), Martin Truex Jr. (23), Jamie McMurray (13), Marcos Ambrose (13), Sam Hornish Jr. (13), Kasey Kahne (11), Scott Speed (9), Brian Vickers (8), Robby Gordon (8), David Ragan (1)
Writer Voting Panel: Phil Allaway, Brock Beard, Thomas Bowles, Bryan Davis Keith, Tony Lumbis, Mike Neff, John Potts, Vito Pugliese, Mike Ravesi, Kurt Smith and Matt Taliaferro.

 

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1 thought on “Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix”

  1. What out for JPM….I loved seeing him bang on JJ’s car…reminds me of that M-Ville race last year with JPM and Jeff Gordon. Both probably thinking, “Hey he can’t do that to us – doesn’t he know who WE are?” :^)

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