POWER RANKINGS: Citizen Soldier 400 Edition
1. MARTIN TRUEX, JR. (90 POINTS, +1)
2. BRAD KESELOWSKI (80 POINTS, +1)
3. KYLE BUSCH (73 POINTS, +2)
“Lost the shootout to Harvick at Loudon, but made the Round of 12 on solid, consistent runs.” – Spencer
“Another team that didn’t make headlines in round 1. Last year was enough to last Kenseth awhile….” – Bowles
7. DENNY HAMLIN (37 POINTS, -1)
8. CHASE ELLIOTT (30 POINTS, Prev. Unranked)
9. JIMMIE JOHNSON (26 POINTS, +1)
CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR
These two drivers just snuck through to the Round of 12, but they’ll need to run better over the next three races if they ever hope to crack the top 8, whether it be in the Chase or our rankings. Best of luck, gentlemen.
Austin Dillon (7 Points) – “Will he be the Ryan Newman of the 2016 Chase?” – Utter
Kurt Busch (4 Points) – “Running under the radar so far and needs to show more speed in Round of 12.” – Spencer
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How they’re made: Following the conclusion of each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, members of a voting panel, including Frontstretch writers, members of accredited media including Motorsport, NASCAR and USA Today, as well as writers from other sites and social media favorites, submit their top 10 drivers for the Power Rankings. The drivers are then given points based off their position, with first place getting 10 points, and each subsequent driver getting one fewer point until the 10th-place driver, who gets a lone point. Points are then tallied, and the rankings are created.
Do you agree with our rankings? Think someone got snubbed, or that one of the top drivers is overrated? Let us know in the comments, and tell others what your top 10 would be.
About the author
A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.
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