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Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After The Coke 600

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The Memorial Day Weekend races all had exciting finishes with two of them coming down to a pass on the front straight for a win. At Charlotte the sports Most Popular Driver came up about half a gallon short which let Kevin Harvick sweep past to steal the victory, leading only two laps on the night and his ninth in a victory this season. David Ragan backed up his All-Star Showdown triumph by finishing second while Joey Logano reinforced his series best average finish position at CMS by battling all night and ultimately coming across the line third.

Carl Edwards led the second most laps of the night behind his teammate Matt Kenseth but he ran low on fuel at the end of the event which cost him several positions, but did it cost him the lead in the Power Rankings? Will Harvick gain enough respect to take over the top spot with him only leading nine laps in his three wins this year? Is Dale Earnhardt Jr. climbing up the ladder thanks to another run that was strong but came up short of Victory Lane again? Check out the Top 15 for the week and see if your driver survived the longest NASCAR race of the season with a good finish in the rankings or if they ended up sucking fumes as the checkered flag went into the air.

*Rank* *Driver (First Place Votes)* *Votes* *Last Week*
*1* *Carl Edwards (5)* 116 1
Apparently, the FR9 runs cooler but it eats more gasoline.
*2* *Kevin Harvick* 113 4
For someone who has historically sucked at Intermediate tracks, especially Charlotte, Happy certainly pulled a rabbit out of his hat with this one.
*3* *Dale Earnhardt, Jr.* 99 8
The National Guard lost two of the biggest races of the weekend coming off of the fourth turn.
*4* *Jimmie Johnson* 94 3
Don’t let the blown engine and Chad Knaus’ blown temper fool you; this team is still as good as it’s ever been.
*T – 5* *Kyle Busch* 86 2
Third most laps led along with most spins by one car at Charlotte.
*T – 5* *Matt Kenseth* 86 6
Fuel didn’t go his way, but speed still rests right under the hood of this 2003 Cup Series champion; can he add a second in 2011?
*7* *Greg Biffle* 81 7
Conserving the points became more important than conserving fuel Sunday night. Between that and the heat inside his car, Biffle’s skin may turn a permanent shade of red.
*8* *Clint Bowyer* 76 5
At least he beat Jeff Burton, although it took someone dumping the governor to make that happen.
*9* *David Ragan* 60 NR
The quietest second-place finish in recorded history.
*10* *Marcos Ambrose* 56 15
Can the Tasmanian Devil finally steal an oval-track victory in June? He’s been threatening; but if Kansas, Pocono, and Michigan don’t do it chances are Infineon could be his in a cakewalk.
*11* *A.J. Allmendinger* 51 NR
Just when you thought he was out of Chase contention… this overachiever does enough to pretend he’s right back in it.
*12* *Denny Hamlin* 48 T – 13
Looked like he was drafting off of Junior to try and slingshot across the finish line with no fuel.
*13* *Joey Logano* 42 NR
Two Lucky Dogs and fuel led to a third-place finish at Charlotte; it’s almost like, New Hampshire, Part II only without the Victory Lane trophy from 2009.
*14* *Regan Smith* 39 NR
Almost scored the second top-5 of his career but the caution didn’t fly for Jeff Burton.
*15* *Kurt Busch* 37 NR
Actually kept his word to not blow up on the radio for the entire 600 miles – monkeys and footballs everywhere are rejoicing.
*Dropped Out*: Tony Stewart (36), Kasey Kahne (28), David Reutimann (28), Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (21), Jeff Gordon (20), Ryan Newman (13), Brad Keselowski (11), Mark Martin (8), Martin Truex, Jr. (6), Paul Menard (3), Juan Pablo Montoya (2).
*Writer Voters Include:* Phillip Allaway, Bryan Keith, Tom Bowles, Tony Lumbis, Mike Neff and Garrett Horton. (No Vito Pugliese this week)

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