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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Daytona-2

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Daytona-2

It was not the way anyone expected or wanted the race to end, but one fact cannot be denied: Aric Almirola is a winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He put the famed No. 43 back in Victory Lane for the first time since 1999, launching it right into the 2014 Chase during the process. Rain postponed the race from Saturday to Sunday afternoon, eventually forcing NASCAR officials to call the Coke Zero 400 only 112 laps into the ... Read More »

Top 15 Power Rankings after Kentucky

Top 15 Power Rankings after Kentucky

The Penske Racing duo of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano asserted their dominance at Kentucky and put on a clinic for the rest of the field. Not only did they sweep the front row, they led a combined 236 laps. Although Logano slid back to ninth place after his engine began to flounder, Keselowski won his second race of the season. Penske has now combined for four race wins in 2014. Six of the top 10 in Power Rankings after ... Read More »

Top 15 Power Rankings After Sonoma

Top 15 Power Rankings After Sonoma

Road course racing continues to creep slowly toward restrictor plate status. Simply put, anything can happen. Carl Edwards proved that Sunday afternoon, beating Jeff Gordon to the checkered flag. Edwards’ win at Sonoma is his first road course victory and second of 2014, putting him in good company when the rankings reset for the Chase. Although the Hendrick Motorsports win streak came to an end at Sonoma, the team as a whole continues to run strong as all four drivers ... Read More »

Top 15 Power Rankings After Michigan

Top 15 Power Rankings After Michigan

Remember when all anyone could talk about was the fact Jimmie Johnson hadn’t won a race yet in 2014, and he kept saying over and over again not to worry? Looks like he was right. Johnson played the late-race pit strategy perfectly en route to his first career win at Michigan and third overall in 2014. Six-Time has now become the first driver this season to win three races and has only four tracks at which he remains winless: Kentucky, ... Read More »

NASCAR Power Rankings: June 10, 2014

NASCAR Power Rankings: June 10, 2014

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had not scored multiple victories in a single season since 2004. And to top it off, Junior had never visited Victory Lane at The Tricky Triangle of Pocono Raceway. Both of those statistics were deleted Sunday afternoon when he parked it in Victory Lane for the second time this season. Junior is now one of four drivers (Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano) to have multiple victories. It was an up-and-down day for the top Power Ranking ... Read More »

Power Rankings May 21st

Power Rankings May 21st

On a weekend when anything goes, that’s exactly what happened at Charlotte. It all started on Friday night in the Sprint Showdown. Yes, Clint Bowyer and AJ Allmendinger raced their way into the All-Star Race, but the story that dominated the night was the Sprint Fan Vote winner. No, it wasn’t Danica Patrick. Phil Parsons Racing driver Josh Wise, with heavy support from his sponsor Dogecoin, shocked the NASCAR world when he received the most Fan Votes and transferred into ... Read More »

NASCAR Writer Power Rankings: Top 15 After Kansas I

It seems that, based on Jeff Gordon’s performance to this point, everyone has been asking not “if” he will win, but “when” he would win. He put all those questions to rest Saturday night at Kansas, holding off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick for his 89th career victory. With the win, Gordon retains the points lead and further cements his place in the 2014 Chase.   As Gordon continues to assert his dominance, the top drivers continue to show their strength ... Read More »

NASCAR Writer Power Rankings: Top 15 After Talladega I

NASCAR Writer Power Rankings: Top 15 After Talladega I

In a season that has seen an uptick in excitement at each event, the expectations for the second restrictor plate race of the season, and first at Talladega Superspeedway, were high. A packed crowd in Alabama, perhaps the track’s most enthusiastic in years drove up the energy, upping the push for a record-setting day on the 2.66-mile superspeedway. True to form, NASCAR didn’t disappoint. Three-, four- and even five-wide racing was a constant from the drop of the green flag, ... Read More »

NASCAR Writer Power Rankings: Top 15 After Texas I

NASCAR Writer Power Rankings: Top 15 After Texas I

Mother Nature won AGAIN Sunday, leaving NASCAR to postpone the Texas race until Monday afternoon. I’m sure Penske Racing doesn’t mind much. Joey Logano made it seven winners in seven races, the second-longest streak for NASCAR’s Cup Series since nine different drivers hit victory lane to start the 2003 season. In addition, Penske Racing now has both of its drivers virtually locked into the Chase. A number of others, meanwhile were looking to ride their positive momentum from Martinsville only ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Martinsville

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Martinsville

Six races, six winners and five teams virtually locked into the Chase. If you’re a fan of parity, no doubt, it’s an impressive start to the 2014 NASCAR season. Kurt Busch was the latest addition, able to control his well-documented temper after an early pit road incident with Brad Keselowski. He stayed focused, fought hard all day, then ran down and passed Mr. Martinsville – Jimmie Johnson – for his first win at Stewart-Haas Racing and first in 83 races. ... Read More »