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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Dover

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Dover

The revised Chase format brought exactly what was expected to the first round of eliminations at Dover. Jeff Gordon earned his fourth win of the season, becoming the first non-Team Penske driver to win a Chase race. Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick dominated the day yet again, leading a race-high 223 laps before left front suspension issues relegated him to a 13th-place finish. The highlight of the day was the battle for the final transfer position between Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After New Hampshire

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After New Hampshire

Penske Racing has asserted itself as the team to beat for the Championship. Joey Logano recorded his fourth victory of the season, first in the Chase and third consecutive win for Penske Racing overall. Both Brad Keselowski and Logano have automatically advanced to the top-12 Contender round. Survival was the name of the game Sunday as several Chase drivers received some sort of damage from on-track incidents including Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Chicago

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Chicago

If starting first, leading all but seven laps, winning the race and claiming the top seed in the Chase at Richmond was enough for Brad Keselowski to make a championship statement, no one told him. He came from 25th place Sunday afternoon, led 62 laps and claimed his fifth overall and series-leading victory. On top of that, Keselowski automatically qualifies for the Contender round of the Chase. A majority of the championship contenders had strong performances. Of the Richmond Power ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Richmond

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Richmond

After 26 races and 13 race winners, the 2014 Chase field has been set. Brad Keselowski made a championship statement Saturday night, leading 383 of the 400 laps en route to his season-leading fourth victory. With his win, Keselowski claimed the number one seed as the Chase standing reset heading to Chicago. Results were mixed Saturday night in Richmond, though. Half of the Atlanta Power Rankings top 10 finished in the top 10 this past weekend as well as Ryan ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Atlanta

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Atlanta

And then there were two. Two non-point positions remain as Kasey Kahne made two tremendous restarts en route to his first win of the 2014 season, locking himself into the Chase. This season marks the first time all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers go into Richmond guaranteed a Chase berth.  A winless Matt Kenseth also clinched a Chase berth on points. If Atlanta was any indication of the urgency for good finishes and momentum, the Bristol Power Rankings top 10 didn’t ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Bristol

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Bristol

It was a Penske Racing weekend. Not only did Brad Keselowski win the Truck Series race Thursday, Ryan Blaney won the Nationwide race Friday and Joey Logano took a win away from Matt Kenseth, passing him with 44 laps to go Saturday night. Logano became the fifth different driver to win three races this season and will be seeded fourth once the Chase seeding is set. It was a rough weekend for a number of the top drivers in Thunder ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Michigan

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Michigan

Give Jeff Gordon enough chances and he’ll eventually beat you. That’s what happened to Joey Logano as Jeff Gordon pulled off a flawless restart with 17 laps to go, taking the lead and claiming his third win of the season. It’s the most wins Gordon has had in a single season since 2011. It was a strong showing for those that needed strong runs, especially those trying to get into the Chase on points. Seven of the Power Ranking top ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Watkins Glen

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Watkins Glen

With the new Chase format, there is such an emphasis on winning, but for AJ Allmendinger, Sunday’s win meant a little bit more. He claimed his first Sprint Cup Series victory, the first for JTG Daugherty Racing and put the “little team that could” into the 2014 Chase. It was a valiant fight to the end with veteran road racer Marcos Ambrose, who was also hoping to race his way into the Chase but fell one position short. I’m sure ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Pocono

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Pocono

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made another statement as to why he’s a top contender to win the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship Sunday, sweeping both races at Pocono and scoring his third win of the season. To put this year’s performance into perspective, Junior won only one race in the past five seasons. It was an up and down day for the top Power Ranking vote-getters after Indianapolis. Although six of the Power Rankings’ top 10 finished inside the top 10 Sunday ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Indianapolis

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Indianapolis

It seemed as if it could have been scripted. 20 years after Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400, on ‘Jeff Gordon Day’, he scored his second win of the 2014 season and record fifth at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Kasey Kahne, led the most laps, but Gordon took advantage of a late restart and was able to power by Kahne on the outside, take the lead and never look back. The cream most-certainly rose to the top at ... Read More »