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Power Rankings: After Michigan

Posted on: June 17, 2008 6:29 am
Edited on: June 19, 2008 4:07 pm

I have exams all week, so it is going to be hard to finish these, but I will give it my best.

1. Kyle Busch (Last Week: 1st)
Kyle Busch 21st, but is still leading the standings
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Last Week: 5th)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ok, Jr sure proved me wrong this week. Nice job team 88.
3. Carl Edwards (Last Week: 3rd)
Carl Edwards Both Carl and Jr have 11 top 10s; Leading all of NASCAR.
4. Jeff Burton (Last Week: 2nd)
 Jeff Burton Jeff's worst finish of the year, but it was still a 15th place finish.
5. Jimmie Johnson (Last Week: 6th)
Jimmie Johnson This guys coming back. He has 3 top 10 finishes in the row.
6.Kasey Kahne (Last Week: 7th)
Kasey Kahne Kahne is now in 7th in the standings. Its hard to bielieve he spent most of the season around 14th.
7.  .Denny Hamlin  (Last Week: 4th)
Denny Hamlin I had Denny way to high last week. He did finish 14th, but he lost a spot in the stanings to Jimmie.
8. Jeff Gordon (Last Week: 8th)
Jeff Gordon This weeks 18th is Jeffs worst finish since Talladega.
9.  Greg Biffle  (Last Week: 9th)
Greg Biffle
10.  Tony Stewart  (Last Week: 11th)
Tony Stewart First top 5 in a points race since Richmond.
11. Kevin Harvick  (Last Week: 10th)
Kevin Harvick 12th place. He stays 10th in the standings. The only sad part is he only has two top 5s and five top 10s. The fewest of any driver in the top 12.
12. . Matt Kenseth  ( Last Week: 13th)
Matt Kenseth Another great finish by Matt. He hasn't finished out of the top 7 since Richmond.
13.  David Ragan (Last Week: 13th)
David Ragan 10 points behind Clint for 12th
14. Clint Bowyer  (Last Week: 12th)
Clint Bowyer Hasn't had a decent finish since his win at Richmond.
15. Brian Vickers (Last Week: 16th)
Brian Vickers Back-to-back top 5s have him up to 16th in the standings
16. Martin Truex Jr. (Last Week: 17th)
Martin Truex Jr. 
17. Travis Kvapil (Last Week: 18th)
Travis Kvapil
18. Ryan Newman (Last Week: 15th)
Ryan Newman Hasn't had a top 10 since Richmond and he hasn't had a top 5 since Texas.
19. Jamie McMurray (Last Week: Just Missed)
Jamie McMurray 2 out of the last 3 races were top 10s for Jamie.
20. Kurt Busch (Last Week: Just Missed)
Kurt Busch Sure his finishes hasn't been really great, but he has moved up to 19th in the standings.

Just Missed:
Mark Martin 
Bobby Labonte 
David Gilliland
Juan Pablo Montoya

Past Rankings:
After Pocono
After Dover
After Lowes
After Darlington
After Richmond
After Talladega
After Phoenix

Any Comments? Questions?

Category: Auto Racing

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2008 3:56 pm

Power Rankings: After Michigan

I also think your rating Johnson too high, his finishes maybe good, but his dominance level was only good at one of the three I believe... I think it was Pocono... Kasey Khane and Jeff Gordon are better IMO, but I guess they will likely pass him after this week... at least Gordon.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2008 7:44 pm

Power Rankings: After Michigan

Frady, you tell me why Junior should be ranked Second?

Oh I don't know maybe the fact Jr finished ahead of Burton 5 of the last 7 races and Jr also has more top 5's and top 10's then Burton so far this season. I get Burton started this season strong and Jr finished below 15th twice this season due to accidents but you gotta admit Jr been driving better then Burton lately and deserves to be ranked 2nd.

Since: May 12, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2008 7:22 pm

Power Rankings: After Michigan

Thanks Mickey. That helped, but it got me a little confused. In my opinion Jr. should have been penilized for passing the pace car.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2008 8:28 am

Power Rankings: After Michigan

Edwards, let me see if I can guide you through the end of the race.  Junior was trying for he win based on fuel mileage he was going to try and stretch the mileage as he and Tony Junior knew that was his only chance to win the race.  Sam Hornish spun with 2 laps to go.  Caution came out and we are into overtime.   When NASCAR lined the cars up behind the pace car Brian Vickers was placed behind the 8 car of Mark Martin, even though he passed his a lap and a half earlier.  (controversy number 1.  Brian had 4 new tires and had been fast all day)  Junior trying to save gas surged passed the pace car and shut his engine off.  He was able to coast half-way around the track before he had to crank his engine again to keep from getting passed by Kasey.  When he cranked his engine he again surged passed the pace car and shut it off to coast halfway around the track before recranking his car. (controversy number 2).  NASCAR then warned Junior not to pass the pace car again.  Quicky yellow was called so all cars could come in and pit at once. (not a real controversy but questioned by a couple because no check for debris)

Green flag on lap 202, right after Junior took the white flag, Truex Jr. running around the 14th position got loose and Michael Waltrip checked up and got tagged by the 10 car of Carpentier, both Michael and Patrick spun bringing out the caution and the end of the race.  Dale immediately shut his engine down and refired it between turns 3 and 4 and drove across the start finish line.    He ran out of gas in turn 3 on his parade lap.

Brian Vickers complaint - 1. being place behind Mark Martin,  who ran out of gas on the restart, may have cost him the victory.  2.  NASCAR refused to look at the tape as they have done in the past to make sure the lineup was correct, which means Junior probably would have run out of gas.  3.  Junior passing the pace car and not being sent to the end of the longest line.

Matt Kenseth's complaint - 1.  Junior passing the pace car.

So that is pretty much it in a nutshell.

Since: May 12, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2008 7:58 pm

Power Rankings: After Michigan

I missed the end of the race. Can someone explain (in great detal) what happened at the end of the race? From what I can understand, NASCAR through a caution on the final lap and some people question the caution. I am not sure though. I have Jr in 2nd for three reasons. 1. He got his first win of the season, 2. He leads NASCAR in top 10s and 3. He only has two finishes this season worse then 15th.

Any comments not directed at Jr?

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2008 5:43 pm

Power Rankings: After Michigan


J. Burton

D. Earnhardt Jr.

Carl Edwards

Kasey Kane.

Ya, I have to agree with Mikeyfan here, I have no other real objections, but I do think Jeff is better than Jimmie right now, or at least after next week he should be.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2008 5:28 pm

Power Rankings: After Michigan

It just seemed like Jr. was one of the better cars on the long runs and that race went on a few of those.  You're right, he would fall back at the beginning of a run, but then he'd come back and pass the cars he got passed and then some more.  I thought he had potentially a top 5 car last week, but that's just my opinion.  I see where you're coming from too.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2008 4:41 pm

Power Rankings: After Michigan

Cowboy, you watched a much different race than I did then.  If Junior would have come in and got tires, he would have fallen in the rankings like a rock,  That is probably one of the reasons, Eury didn't pit because Junior was terrible on new tires.  In fact when the rest of the cars started to pit, Junior was in 11th place, just outside of the top 10.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2008 4:30 pm

Power Rankings: After Michigan

I don't think Jr. had a 10th place car.  He was a lot better than a 10th place car last week IMO.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2008 4:22 pm

Power Rankings: After Michigan

Frady, you tell me why Junior should be ranked Second?  Why an individual who had a 10th place car at best, who was given a helping hand by a couple of cautions to win a race should be ranked ahead of the guy in second. If Junior had dominated that race then I would not have had a problem, but he didn't.  He had a hard enough time staying up front all day long.  He won based on a gamble not based on his car.  I said in my post that he shouldn't be ranked as high because of the gas mileage win.  Look at it this way, if you dare, if the race would have gone green the rest of the way, Jeff would probably have beaten Junior because as Junior stated he would have ran out of gas down the backstretch. and he would have been passed by a lot of cars and yes probably even by Jeff.

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