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Power Rankings: After Indianapolis

Posted on: July 28, 2008 7:00 am
Edited on: July 30, 2008 7:29 am

Well another week is in the books. Here are my rankings.

New this week
Bobby Labonte

Droped Out
Casey Mears 

Biggest Movers
Kasey Kahne (up 10 spots)
Kurt Busch  (down 8 spots)
Tony Stewart (down 8 spots)


1.  Kyle Busch (98) (Last Week: 1st)                       
Kyle Busch His win streak had to end.
2. Jimmie Johnson (91)(Last Week: 5th)
Jimmie Johnson Couldnt decide if I should give this spot to Carl or not, but Jimmie got the win and Carl didnt.
3 Carl Edwards (90) (Last Week: 3rd)
Carl Edwards Two runner up finishes in the last 3 races.
4. Matt Kenseth (88)  (Last Week: 2nd)
Matt Kenseth A lot of the guys I was hoping to put up here finished poorly, but Matt has had the best 5 races out of those guys so he gets the 4th spot.
5. Jeff Gordon (87)(Last Week: 9th)
Jeff Gordon His last 5 finishes are 5th,11th ,30th,11th and 3rd. So all good finishes except the 30th.
6. Kasey Kahne (85) (Last Week: 16th)
Kasey Kahne Two top 10s in the last 3 races.
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (85)(Last Week: 6th)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr has been the most consistant driver recently. He has finished between 8th and 24th in the last 5 races.
8. Greg Biffle (83) (Last Week: 15th)
Greg Biffle Back-to-back top 10s has moved him to 7th in the standings.
9.  Brian Vickers(82) (Last Week: 4th)
Brian Vickers He had a great run, but I doubt he can make the chase now after that 42nd.
10. Denny Hamlin (80)  (Last Week: 18th)
Denny Hamlin Denny has been finishing all over the place lately, but this week he got 3rd and now we move onto Pocono, where Denny always runs well.
11.  Jeff Burton (80) (Last Week: 14th)
 Jeff Burton Jeff got his first top 10 since Pocono.
12. Martin Truex Jr. (79) (Last Week: 8th)
Martin Truex Jr. Two top 10s in the last 4 races, but still 17th in the standings.
13. Elliott Sadler (78) (Last Week: 17th)
Elliott Sadler Elliot has been getting better and better as the season has moved along. Its only a matter of time before he wins a race.
14. David Ragan (78) (Last Week: 13th)
David Ragan Davids last 3 finishes has been 14th, 8th and 5th.
15 Tony Stewart (77) (Last Week: 7th)
Tony Stewart I know I droped Tony a long way, but he hasnt been racing at his best.  Only two top 5s and three top 10s since the all star race. I excpect a lot more ouf of Tony.
16 Clint Bowyer (77) (Last Week: 11th)
Clint Bowyer Clints worse finish in the last 5 races was 22nd better then a whole lot of other guys.
17.  Kevin Harvick  (75) (Last Week: 10th)
Kevin Harvick He had a decent run going with a 15th,12th, and 3rd place finishes but this weeks 37th droped him out of the top 12. The good news is that he is only out by 2 points.
18. Ryan Newman (75) (Last Week: 19th)
Ryan Newman Finished 15th or better in 4 of the last 5 races.
19. Bobby Labonte (73) (Last Week: Just Missed)
)Bobby Labonte Most of his finishes this season has been between 10th and 20th. That is true four of the last five races.
20.  Kurt Busch (71)(Last Week: 12th)
Kurt Busch Since his win at New Hampsire he has finished 4th, 28th and 40th.


Just Missed:
1. (70) Jamie McMurray
2. (68) Mark Martin
3. (65) Casey Mears 
4. (63) David Gilliland

Honorable Mentions
A.J. Allmendinger ( for his 10th place finish)

Past Rankings:
After Chicagoland
After Daytona
After New Hampshire
After Infineon
After Michigan
After Pocono
After Dover
After Lowes
After Darlington
After Richmond
After Talladega
After Phoenix

Questions? Comments?



Category: Auto Racing

Since: May 12, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 11:33 am

Power Rankings: After Indianapolis

Tanks for the feedback Roush.

Kahnes last 3 finishes were 7th, 15th and 7th which really moved him up in the standings, but you are right he might be a little bit high.

Biffles only horrible run lately was Daytona where he finished last. Otherwise he has been 20th or better and the last two races was 8th and 4th.

Sadler has been contending for the win lately, he defenitly deserves to be up there. Plus the guys that I put bellow him hasnt been racing as good as him.

You are right about Clint though. I should have had him higher but he has had two 22nd finishes and a 19th.

Harvick is a really good driver, but the only place recently that he contended for the win was at chicago otherwise in the last 5 races he has finished 30th or worse twice.

Thanks again for the feedback. Does anyone else have any comments?

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 7:56 am

Power Rankings: After Indianapolis

Too high: Kasey Khane, he just lost it since the Lowe's run ended, I saw him top 10 today, but don't really remember any others unless he got lucky.

Greg Biffle- He was 7th before, but was great at the beginning, now he can't pull away from them, he has been having some bad races, he just got a top 10 today due to luck of other drivers going out and he didn't.

Elliot Sadler- True he is getting better, and he should be here, but 13th! Just because he is coming from nowhere doesn't mean he deserves this much attention.

Too low:

Cint Bowyer- As you said, 22nd worse finish in 5 races, so why is he so low? Some others are doing a lot worse than he is, he is starting to fight for the chase, although he did drop down there, he is coming back.

Kevin Harvick- So what if he is out of the chase, he was hot this race, just to have bad luck, and hot recently, he is a hot guy who should be a lot higher.

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