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Power Rankings: After Daytona

Posted on: July 7, 2008 6:55 am
Edited on: July 9, 2008 6:56 am

Last week there was some chat on how I came up with the rankings. I said that I ranked them on their recent performence, but that is kind of viag. So starting this week I will try to rank them on perfomence from the last 5 or so races.

1.   Kyle Busch (Last Week: 1st)
Kyle Busch This guys number one no matter how I rank them.
2.  Carl Edwards (Last Week: 3rd)
Carl Edwards Nice 2nd place finish to bad he couldnt get the win. He has only missed the top 10 twice since Bristol.
3.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Last Week: 5th)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. I dont know what I was thinking say that Jr was slowing down. Jr has 3 top 10s in the last 5 races and a win. Plus now he is #2 in the points standings.
4...Matt Kenseth  (Last Week: 11th)
Matt Kenseth He's up to 9th in the standings and in the last 5 races he has two top 5s and four top 10s
5. Jimmie Johnson (Last Week: 4th)
Jimmie Johnson Besides this weeks 23rd the last few races has been pretty good for him.
6.  Jeff Burton (Last Week: 2nd)
 Jeff Burton Jeff only has one top 10 in the last 5 races, but four top 15s.
7. . Kasey Kahne (Last Week: 7th)
Kasey Kahne Kahnes been racing pretty decent lately. This week he finished 7th which moved him up to 8th in the standings. But at Michigan and Infinieon he struggled.
8. Jeff Gordon (Last Week: 6th)
Jeff Gordon He only has one top 10 (3rd at infieneon) lately, but he has come close a few times.
9. Martin Truex Jr. (Last Week: 12th)
Martin Truex Jr. NASCAR is probbably going to anouse a penilty for truex today (tuesday), but other then that truex hasnt finished out of the top 20 since lowes and he has two top 10s durning that period one of those being a 4th at new hampshire
10. Tony Stewart  (Last Week: 9th)
Tony Stewart Tony has been racing ok, but not as well as expected. Sure this week he wasnt feeling good and had to pass the car of to yelly, but since the all star race he only has two top 10s and he is still winless.
11.Clint Bowyer  (Last Week: 13th)
Clint Bowyer In the last 3 races he has 2 top 10s, but other then that he hasnt bee racing good lately. I do think this recent sucess will turn him around though.
12. .Denny Hamlin  (Last Week: 8th)
Denny HamlinFairly decent finishes for hamlin lately. 8th at new hamshire and 3rd at pocono was good, but other wise his finishes were avg. (14th,27th,26th)
13.   Kurt Busch (Last Week: 16th)
Kurt Busch His last 5 races has consist of a win a top 5 and three top 10s. He also has been moving up the standings.He's up to 17th.
14. Brian Vickers (Last Week: 18th)
Brian Vickers Since lowes his worst finish is 16th.
15.  Kevin Harvick  (Last Week: 14th)
Kevin Harvick Decent finishes for harvick lately. All top 15s except for a 30th at infineon.
16.Greg Biffle  (Last Week: 10th)
Greg Biffle I really droped this guy (perhaps too much). But he hasnt had a decnet run since dover. He has droped to 11th in the standings (only 10 points ahead of harvick whose in 13th) And he finished dead last this week
17.  David Ragan (Last Week: 17th)
David Ragan This weeks 5th is his 2nd best finish all season, but he had a 40th place finish the week before in new hampsire so they pretty much off set each other.
18. Bobby Labonte  (Last Week: 19th)
Bobby Labonte Got his first top 10 last week at new hampsire and followed it up with a solid 13th this week.
19Elliott Sadler (Last Week: Just Missed)
Elliott Sadler At New Hampsire he got his first top 5 all season, but he couldnt back it up this week. He finished 39th.
20   Ryan Newman (Last Week: 15th)
Ryan Newman He has one top 10 since richmond.His average finish for the last 5 races is 24th.

 Just Missed:
1. Jamie McMurray
2. Casey Mears
3.David Gilliland
4. Travis Kvapil 

Honorable Mention
Robby Gordon for his 6th place finish this week.


Past Rankings:
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: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2008 7:37 am

Power Rankings: After Daytona

Edwards, the only thing I would say in Martin Truex is high.  However, if you are only taking into account the last 5 races you may be dead on.  So I give you credit for taking the time to go back 5 races and see how everyone is doing.  Good Job.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2008 11:53 am

Power Rankings: After Daytona

I agree, Truex is a bit high.

I have no problem with Sadler though. He's picked up his performance a lot lately. He was running top 10 all day at Michigan, lost a top 5 at Infineon on the last lap when a tire blew, finished top 5 at New Hampshire, then was running top 10 when a tire blew sending him into the wall at Daytona. With a little luck he could have had 4 straight top 10's right now.

I also personally think that either Gilliland or Kvapil should be ranked. Neither have consistant sponsorship, but every week they run top 20. Gilliland about won at Infineon, and then at Datyona both had top 10 runs going before getting caught up in wrecks.

But overall, great job. It's hard to do these and there's always going to be minor issues. Keep up the good work!

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2008 7:14 am

Power Rankings: After Daytona

NASCAR is probbably going to anouse a penilty for truex today (tuesday)

O.K., lets nomenate this for a worst speeling of de month aword

But getting to business, you started a new way, and you did do good this week, but I have a few people to talk about.

Matt Kenseth I saw in 4th, but he did pull up a lot in the standings, so that is reasonable.

I really think Truex is too high, all the time I see him getting into trouble or just making decent finishes.

Yes, you did mark Biffle way too low, I mean everyone has a bad week, and yes, he shouldn't be top 10 material, but 11th or 12th would be nice, but 16th! With your logic Tony Stewart shouldn't even be on these Power Rankings, just look at his bad luck.

And Elliot Sadler, ranked too high, he did get a top 5, but even the worse drivers can get lucky sometimes or have a good car for 1 day, but that's usually it, now if he gets 2 top 5's within the last 5 races or something, then I would agree with you.

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