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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 »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 after Fontana

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 after Fontana

  The name of the game in California was tires, tires, tires! Green flag runs never lasted more than 25 laps. Like clockwork, Goodyear flats arose, and it seemed like no one was safe. Every team, it seemed, couldn’t escape the problem. Drivers from Hendrick Motorsports, Stewart-Haas Racing, Penske Racing, Roush Fenway, Michael Waltrip Racing and others were all on pit road – or in the wall – with flat tires.Almost every ranked driver after Bristol had an issue on ... Read More »

NASCAR National Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Bristol

NASCAR National Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Bristol

Mother Nature has virtually punched her ticket into the 2014 Chase as rain once again delayed a Sprint Cup race; this time, twice in one day. The eight-hour event was eventually run in its entirety, with Carl Edwards becoming the fourth different driver to win in as many races. Tire strategy got Edwards to the lead and he never looked back, pacing the field for a total of 78 laps. After a career-best start to his season with two second-place ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Phoenix

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Phoenix

Kevin Harvick could barely contain his excitement during the offseason, and now we know why. The driver knew his new team would be strong and he proved that Sunday. Happy held a wide smile after leading 224 laps, taking his first win of the 2014 season and first for Stewart-Haas Racing in only his second points-paying start.   Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rode the wave from his Daytona 500 victory finishing second, once again the highest-running Hendrick Motorsports driver. Penske teammates ... Read More »

NASCAR National Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Daytona

NASCAR National Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Daytona

Rain, tornado warnings, countless lightning strikes, and an impressive performance by Air Titan (who even received a Power Rankings vote) dominated Sunday’s Daytona proceedings. When Mother Nature finally let up, though more than six hours of waiting couldn’t keep Dale Earnhardt, Jr. from writing his name into the history books with a second Daytona 500 victory late Sunday night. Denny Hamlin finished second, only one position away from a weekend sweep after winning the Sprint Unlimited and his Duel. Brad ... Read More »

NASCAR Writer Power Rankings: Preseason Top 15

NASCAR Writer Power Rankings: Preseason Top 15

  It seems like only yesterday Jimmie Johnson was dubbed “Six-Pack” but yes, another racing season is upon us. NASCAR has already made national headlines after rookie Austin Dillon, just 23 years old put the famed No. 3 on the pole for Sunday’s Daytona 500. It’s the first time that particular number has been entered in a Sprint Cup event since Dale Earnhardt lost his life in the 2001 edition of The Great American Race. The offseason proved a busy ... Read More »

NASCAR Writer Power Rankings: Top 15 After Talladega I

NASCAR Writer Power Rankings: Top 15 After Talladega I

Well, how about that!? It was David and David against Goliath at Talladega and, much like the popular fairytale, David won. At a racetrack that produces unlikely winners, the Front Row Motorsports teammates didn't disappoint, claiming the team's first win and sweeping the top two positions over the powerhouses of Hendrick, Gibbs and others. They said anyone can win at the restrictor plate racetracks, but you still have to be around on the final lap. David and David both avoided multiple big ones, a three-hour rain delay and made the right move coming off turn four of the final lap. Read More »