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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power RAnkings: Top 15 after Atlanta II

Frontstretch Power Rankings
We're getting close! The 10 race stretch to the champinonship known as "the Chase" is now only a week away, and Atlanta still left many more questions raised than answered. Hamlin's back-to-back wins were almost a forethought to the wild card spot that were occupying headlines. However, Hamlin was indeed the driver in Victory Lane and is making some noise of his own heading to his home track in Richmond. 
Did Hamlin top our list with back-to-back wins? How did the wild card drivers fare in our reankins? Keep reading to find out:  

How The Rankings Are Calculated: Frontstretch does our power rankings somewhat similar to how the Associated Press does them for basketball or football — our expert stable of NASCAR writers, both on staff and from other major publications will vote for the Top 20 on a 20-19-18-17-16-15… 3-2-1 basis, giving 20 points to their first place driver, 19 for their second, and so on. In the end, Summer Bedgood calculates the points, adds some funny one-liners, and … here you go!

Rank Driver (First Place Votes) Votes Last Week
1 Jimmie Johnson (2) 121 1
T-2 Denny Hamlin (3) 120 T-4
T-2 Brad Keselowski (1) 120 6
4 Matt Kenseth 119 T-4
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 116 2
6 Greg Biffle 107 3
7 Martin Truex Jr. 104 8
8 Kyle Busch 81 12
9 Clint Bowyer 77 7
10 Jeff Gordon 76 9
11 Kevin Harvick 75 15
12 Kasey Kahne 65 10
13 Tony Stewart 53 13
14 Marcos Ambrose 48 11
15 Paul Menard 46 NR
Dropped Out: Carl Edwards
Others Receiving Votes: Carl Edwards (27), Joey Logano (24), Mark Martin (22), Ryan Newman (22), Kurt Busch (16), Sam Hornish Jr. (13), Regan Smith (7), Jeff Burton (6), Jamie McMurray (2), Brian Vickers (1), Juan Pablo Montoya (1), Trevor Bayne (1). 
Who Voted: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com; Carolyn Brewster, NASCAR Illustrated; Kelly Crandall, SpeedwayMedia.com; Summer Bedgood, Frontstretch.com; Dustin Long, Athlon Sports; Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch.com; Matt Taliaferro, Athlon Sports.

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