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NASCAR Power Rankings: After Phoenix

Posted on: April 16, 2008 5:32 pm

Of all the great posters on the Auto Boards; no one takes the time to do power rankings. I know Santos does them every week, but we don't have a regulur that does them. So, I have decided to give it a shot. So here it goes:

1. Carl Edwards

 Carl EdwardsHe would be second in the standings if it wasn't for the 100 point peniltiy.

2. Jeff Burton 
    Jeff BurtonThe most consistant driver so far and the points leader. So far his worst finish is 13th at Daytona.
 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3rd in the standings and my favorite for next week at Talladega.

4. Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch Another top 10 for Kyle Busch. 5th on the season. And oh yeah he is second in the standings.

5. Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson He picked up his first win of many this season last week. He isn't doing as good as accpected, but what he is doing isn't that bad either.

6. Kevin Harvick 

Kevin HarvickSantos has this guy at 8th. I think he defenitly more deserving then that. He is 5th in the standings.

7. Tony Stewart

 Tony Stewart5 top 10s so far, but the DNF at Las Vagas has hurt him.

8. Denny Hamlin 

Denny Hamlin3 top 5s in the row. One of them being a victory. This guy is in store for a great season.

9. Greg Biffle 

Greg BiffleSitting cofortably at 10th in the standings. With 5 top 10s on the season

10. Clint Bowyer

Clint BowyerHe had a slow start this season. He didn't get his first top 10 till Atlanta, but he hasn't missed the top 10 since. Plus a 2nd place finish in phoenix.

11. Ryan Newman

Ryan Newman He won the 500, but only has one top 5 since. Plus the DNF last week didnt help. He is 11th only because he still is in the top 12 in the points and he has a victory this season which the next guy does not.

12. Kasey Kahne


Kasey Kahne Two years ago this guy was the guy to beat. Now he hasnt won a race since the callender said 2006. There is some good news though and no Carl didnt sell him any car insurence. Kasey has 4 top 10s this season.

13.  Jeff Gordon


Jeff Gordon Even with his 3 DNFs he still sits 13th in the standings. Only 14 points behind Kahne for 12th.

14. Matt Kenseth


Matt Kenseth Matt hasn't been having the season he has hoped he would have and the 38th place finish this past weekend didnt help.

15. Martin Truex Jr.


Martin Truex Jr.  A solid 8th place finish was his first top 10 since californa

16. Juan Pablo Montoya


Juan Pablo Montoya This guy still has some learning to do. His best finish this season is 13th.

17. Kurt Busch


Kurt Busch Although he did finish second at Daytona. Nothing has been going is way since. His best finish is 11th and he has a DNF at Las Vagas


18.Jamie McMurray


Jamie McMurray He had a really tough start to the season (even getting out of the top 35 in owner points), but is finnally starting to recover. The 17th this past week gets him up to 26th in the standings.

19. Bobby Labonte


Bobby Labonte According to Santos he had to run part of the race on 7 cylinders and he still finished 12th. Nice Job Labonte.

20. Brian Vickers


Brian Vickers If it wasn't for the two DNFs this season. Vickers would be in contention for the top 12.


Just missed:
David Ragan
David Gilliland
Travis Kvapil
Mark Martin

Wow! Glad thats done. Only took me a little over an hour. So how did I do? Do you guys think I should continue with this? Comments:


Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: April 30, 2008 9:01 am

NASCAR Power Rankings: After Phoenix


edwardsfan, I know Carl is having a good year and all, and I know he has 3 wins but to rank him number 1 is pushing it a little don't you think?  I would have him somewhere around 4th or 5th especially going into Richmond.  Here would be my top 5.

1. Kyle Bush - Can't deny that he is hot and can drive the wheels off the car on any track.

2.  Jeff Burton - Just keeps on keeping on

3.  Tony Stewart - Despite his problems at 'Dega has proven he is a contender week in and week out

4. Carl Edwards - 3 Wins but on the 1 1/2 mile tracks, Not a threat at the other venues.

5. Dale Junior - Is the pressure of his first HMS Points win getting to be too much.

Everything is subjective I know, but sometimes we have a tendency to put the one we like the most up a little higher than they deserve.  I don't have a problem with the rest of the top 20 as again it is subjective, I just think a little more reality in the top tier needs to be given.  But keep it up, I don't think I could do a top 20. 

Also, love the fact that you have the drivers pictures along side.  That is class.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: April 17, 2008 12:38 pm

NASCAR Power Rankings: After Phoenix

Totally awesome work, aside from not having Joe Nemechek listed.  It is your first time, so we'll give ya a mulligan.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: April 17, 2008 11:50 am

NASCAR Power Rankings: After Phoenix

Now that I took the time to look at the rankings closer, the only 2 I would question is JPM and McMurray. Jamie has done a great job getting the 26 going good since he dropped out of the top 35, but you could say the same for Casey Mears, who has taken the 5 from 33rd or 34th to 25th. I'd have both of them just out.

JPM IMO probably deserves top 20, but I'm not sure about 16th. Personally, I'd put Gilliland and maybe even Kvapil in there. What they've done in unsponsored cars is remarkable.

But again, great job for your first time,.

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: April 17, 2008 1:42 am

NASCAR Power Rankings: After Phoenix

Good Job edwardsfan,I feel you should keep it going.IMO I think Harvick is a spot or two high,but nontheless pretty good for the first run at it. 

Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2008 11:09 pm

NASCAR Power Rankings: After Phoenix

not so sure bout JPM, but the rest are really good.

i agree keep it up. good job

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2008 7:02 pm

NASCAR Power Rankings: After Phoenix

Looks good. I think you should definitely keep doing it, it would be interesting to see for the rest of the season.

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