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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas

Joey Logano will be the only driver sleeping well this weekend at Talladega. After contact with leader Matt Kenseth in the closing laps, Logano took his second straight checkered flag and is the only driver with a win in the Contender Round.

Hendrick Motorsports put three drivers in the top 10 led by non-chase contenders Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne who finished third and fourth, respectively.

The driver that most likely turned the most heads Sunday afternoon was Ryan Blaney, who drove the famed No. 21 to a seventh-place finish.

After the first round some heavy-hitters were knocked out and going into the elimination race at Talladega number of top drivers are in must-win situations.

Drivers currently outside the top 8:
Kyle Busch
Ryan Newman
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Matt Kenseth

Check to see if your favorite driver made the Top 15 after Kansas. The question is, will they stay there after the “Wild Card” event of the Chase is over.

How The Rankings Are Calculated: Frontstretch does our power rankings similar to how the Associated Press does them for basketball or football. Our expert stable of NASCAR writers, both on staff and from other major publications will vote for the top 20 on a 20-19-18-17… 3-2-1 basis, giving 20 points to their first-place driver, 19 for second, and so on. In the end, Mike Mehedin calculates the points, adds some funny one-liners, and… here you go!

 
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Total Votes

1

                                                   Joey Logano

Call it a hunch, but I don’t think Martinsville is going to go well for Logano. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch 

First Place Votes: 5

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2

                                                     Kevin Harvick

It is almost like his team is intentionally putting themselves behind the 8-ball every round just to watch him wriggle out of it. Mike Neff, Frontstretch

First Place Votes: 1

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3

+1

                                                    Denny Hamlin
2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Denny Hamlin credit NASCAR

Quietly the only driver in the Chase so far with four top-five finishes. Hamlin plays it quiet during the regular season but has figured out how to get the job done in crunch time. Too bad the Talladega Monster could come out and bite at any time. Tom Bowles, Frontstretch 

First Place Votes: 1

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4

+2

                                                     Kurt Busch
2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Kurt Busch credit NASCAR

He was glad to be third in the points until he realized he was only 16 points up on the cut line. Mike Neff, Frontstretch 

65

5

+5

                                                    Kyle Busch
2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Kyle Busch credit NASCAR

Perhaps the best Joe Gibbs Racing has to offer with Kenseth running out of racing luck. But can Busch race his way back into the top 8 this Sunday? Tom Bowles, Frontstretch

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6

 -2

                                                    Carl Edwards
2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Carl Edwards credit NASCAR

He’s the other JGR driver. Mike Neff, Frontstretch 

57

7

 +2

                                                    Matt Kenseth
2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Matt Kenseth credit NASCAR

Went from being laps away from securing his spot in the third round of the Chase to a must-win situation at none other than Talladega. This is going to be exciting. Michael Mehedin, Frontstretch

 

49

8

+7

                                                   Jimmie Johnson
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Third at Kansas a reminder of oh, what might have been for this team that you know has the speed to contend in all 10 races. Tom Bowles, Frontstretch

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9

 -2

                                                     Brad Keselowski

2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Brad Keselowski credit NASCAR

He scored his first win at there and his biggest win there. Look for Keselowski to try and recapture the magic at Talladega. Mike Neff, Frontstretch 

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10

 -2

                                                     Jeff Gordon
2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Jeff Gordon credit NASCAR

Last season, Gordon lost out on the Chase because of some bad racing luck despite dominating the points standings. How ironic if he kicks someone out of the Chase down the stretch during a year when he’s top 10’d it to death. Tom Bowles, Frontstretch

42

11

 N/A

                                                     Kasey Kahne
2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Kasey Kahne credit NASCAR

Kansas is a popular location for unidentified object sightings. This time it turned out to be Kahne. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch 

41

12

 -7

                                                    Martin Truex Jr.
2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Martin Truex Jr credit NASCAR

The little team that could needs to stick to the front Sunday. Mike Neff, Frontstretch 

39

13

-1

                                                     Ryan Newman
2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Ryan Newman credit NASCAR

Slow and steady wins the race… slow and steady wins the Chase… is that what this team chants before the race each week? You can’t fight against it. The strategy works. Tom Bowles, Frontstretch 

33

14

 N/A

                                                      Ryan Blaney
2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Ryan Blaney credit NASCAR

When he gets a full-time ride, he’s going to be a force every weekend. It is a shame he’s going to have to wait until a franchise seat opens up because they aren’t going to let the Wood Brothers have a medallion. Mike Neff, Frontstretch 

29

15

-4

                                                      Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr credit NASCAR

Time for a special matched set of tires. Or a bigger restrictor plate. Mike Neff, Frontstretch 

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Others Receiving Votes: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (20), Jamie McMurray (15), Brian Scott (13), Aric Almirola (11), Paul Menard (7), Greg Biffle (5), Clint Bowyer (5), Danica Patrick (2)

Participants: Tom Bowles, Frontstretch; Tony Lumbis, FrontstretchMichael Mehedin, Frontstretch; Mike Neff, Frontstretch

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About Michael Mehedin

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Mike starts his second year with the Frontstretch in 2014 working on a combination of promotional and marketing assignments. Managing the NASCAR Power Rankings (Wednesdays), he works with broadcast and writing experts from throughout the world of racing to produce the biggest national weekly poll on Sprint Cup competition. Also our resident Marketing Assistant, Mike handles day-to-day client responsibilities while settling into his new digs outside of Charlotte.