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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 FedEx 400 at Dover

Breaking News: Jimmie Johnson wins at Dover. OK, maybe not a surprise headline but Johnson did lead just 23 laps and held off a green-white-checkered charge from teammate Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick. The victory marks his 10th at Dover, making him only the fifth driver to reach that milestone.

The Monster had no mercy, as usual, no matter how well a driver has performed to this point in the season. Only three drivers (Johnson, Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.) in the top 10 Charlotte Power Rankings finished in the top 10 at Dover. That means that the top 10 had a few surprise finishers including Aric Almirola (fifth), Paul Menard (eighth) and Clint Bowyer (ninth).

We lose a turn this week as teams head to Pocono, but before they tackle the Tricky Triangle, see how your driver ranks this week.

How The Rankings Are Calculated: Frontstretch does our power rankings 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… 3-2-1 basis, giving 20 points to their first-place driver, 19 for second, and so on. In the end, Mike Mehedin calculates the points, adds some funny one-liners, and… here you go!

Total Votes


Kevin Ha2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Kevin Harvick Jimmy Johns credit NASCARrvick

Harvick hasn’t had a win since the fourth race of the season (Phoenix), but he continues to be in contention for the win virtually every week. His runner-up effort at Dover last week was his – count ‘em – seventh second-place finish to go along with those two wins in 13 starts. He’s due for a Victory Lane celebration again. Mike Zizzo, Texas Motor Speedway

First Place Votes: 4




Jimmie Johnson2014 NASCAR Media Day - Portraits

Assuming the No. 48 team is still trying things for the Chase, it knows the Dover experiment worked a heck of a lot better than the Charlotte experiment. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch

First Place Votes: 2




Martin Truex Jr.2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Martin Truex Jr credit NASCAR

The big question now surrounding Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing isn’t when they are going to falter but when they are going to win. He continues to be one of the most consistent drivers on the season with top-10 finishes in 12 of his 13 starts, but needs a little something extra one week to give him that elusive victory. Mike Zizzo, Texas Motor Speedway




Joey Logano2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Joey Logano credit NASCAR

Logano has a win in the bank and good performance in the tank. It would be no surprise if he is the next winner to rise above one victory. Dwight Drum, RaceTake.com




Dale Earnhardt Jr.2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr credit NASCAR

Juuunyer fought his way from last to the top 10 over the first half of the race, but threw it all away with a costly speeding penalty to finish two laps down. Rough week. Aaron Bearden, Frontstretch




Brad Keselowski2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Brad Keselowski credit NASCAR

Bad Brad uncharacteristically struggled at Dover and left scratching his head as he finished behind his teammate in 12th at a track he conquered in 2012. Aaron Bearden, Frontstretch




Kasey Kahne2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Kasey Kahne credit NASCAR

Dang near got them at the end. Kahne may be the de-facto fourth car at Hendrick Motorsports these days, but he’s in much better position than in past years. Phil Allaway, Frontstretch




Jeff Gordon2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Jeff Gordon credit NASCAR

Remember the day when everyone thought Gordon was unbeatable at Dover? His teammate sure doesn’t. Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch




Jamie McMurray2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Jamie McMurray credit NASCAR

McMurray sits seventh in points and he finished seventh at Dover. Could be more lucky sevens in his hard-working future. Dwight Drum, RaceTake.com




Matt Kenseth2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Matt Kenseth credit NASCAR

Man, it was a rough day for Kenseth, who came home 39th after a penalty and suspension problems. Aaron Bearden, Frontstretch




Aric Almirola2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Aric Almirola credit NASCAR

With a top-five finish, Almirola adds momentum to a good year at Dover. A checkered flag in the next half of the season would be like leaping the mountain that he is climbing. Dwight Drum, RaceTake.com




Kurt Busch2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Kurt Busch credit NASCAR

They say the Monster Mile will reach out and bite you at any moment. Although I think Busch will be more upset with Clint Bowyer than Miles after that late-race incident. Michael Mehedin, Frontstretch




Denny Hamlin2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Denny Hamlin credit NASCAR

Hamlin qualified on the pole and led 118 laps early in Dover, but was involved in a late-race accident that dropped him to 21st. The No. 11 team is going to have a sour taste for a while after this one. Aaron Bearden, Frontstretch.com




Paul Menard2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Paul Menard credit NASCAR

This is the time of year when Menard starts to get… mildly warm. I see a couple top 10s in his future, but can he come through and finally get that second win? Michael Mehedin, Frontstretch




Ryan Newman2015 NASCAR headshots CUP Ryan Newman credit NASCAR

It was a rare off-week for Newman, who fell two laps down and finished in 18th. His first run outside of the top 15 since Martinsville. Aaron Bearden, Frontstretch


Others Receiving Votes: Kyle Larson (32), Carl Edwards (26), Clint Bowyer (23), Greg Biffle (11), Danica Patrick (9), David Ragan (3), Austin Dillon (1), Kyle Busch (1)

About the author

Mike starts his second year with the Frontstretch in 2014 working on a combination of promotional and marketing assignments. Managing the NASCAR Power Rankings (Wednesdays), he works with broadcast and writing experts from throughout the world of racing to produce the biggest national weekly poll on Sprint Cup competition. Also our resident Marketing Assistant, Mike handles day-to-day client responsibilities while settling into his new digs outside of Charlotte.

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