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NASCAR Writer Power Rankings: Top 15 After Talladega I

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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.
The day was marred by two multi-car wrecks which took out a majority of the field and a number of the strongest cars, the worst when Kurt Busch went end-over-end, landing on top of Ryan Newman. Matt Kenseth, once again, was the class of the field, leading 142 laps, but got shuffled out of the lead draft on the final lap to finish eighth. Other lesser-funded teams that had strong runs included Michael Waltrip (4th), Regan Smith (6th), Scott Speed (9th) and David Stremme (12th).

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