Nascar Power Rankings

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings

Power Rankings after Kentucky

Tom Jensen, SPEED.com

WEEK#    
Posted July 02, 2012 09:35 AM EDT

Dale Earnhardt Jr. moves back atop the FOXSports.com/SPEED.com Power Rankings with his seventh top-five finish of the season, but the real high riser this week is Quaker State 400 winner Brad Keselowski.


This week’s list:
 

+6

Keselowski

-5

Stewart

FOX SPORTS NASCAR POWER RANKINGS

RK DRIVER WINS CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

1 1 1/13
Despite a couple of bad pit stops, Earnhardt rebounded to finish fourth. That wouldn’t have happened last year.
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2

Matt Kenseth

1 1 1/13
All week long, Kenseth was in the news off the track. On the track at Kentucky, he struggled all night to stay in the top 10.
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3

Jimmie Johnson

2 - 1/20
The new aero rules package bit Johnson, who was fast out front but slow buried in traffic.
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4

Brad Keselowski

4 6 1/21
Bad Brad won in last year’s Martinsville car, a backup, after he wrecked in practice on Friday.
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5

Denny Hamlin

2 3 1/12
Strong all night, Hamlin had an excellent third-place finish behind Keselowski and Kasey Kahne.
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6

Greg Biffle

1 1 1/12
The king of 1.5-mile tracks so far this year, the Biff was knocked off the lead lap by a flat tire and finished 21st. Oops.
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7

Kevin Harvick

0 - 1/13
Another OK night for Harvick, but 11th place isn’t going to cut it later in the season.
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8

Clint Bowyer

1 2 3/19
You’re only as good as your last race, and Bowyer went from winning Sonoma to 16th in Kentucky.
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9

Tony Stewart

2 5 1/15
Less than 30 laps into the race, Stewart had EFI problems resulting in a 32nd-place finish. Smoke was seething.
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10

Martin Truex Jr.

0 1 3/13
He complained about his car having a bad push all night, but Truex still finished eighth, which was pretty good.
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11

Kyle Busch

1 - 3/17
What could have — maybe should have — been a race-winning effort was thwarted by a self-inflicted error as Busch had a big wall-banger.
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12

Kasey Kahne

1 5 2/22
What a rally: Kahne drove all the way from 31st to second place and for now has the second wild-card slot.
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13

Carl Edwards

0 - 4/19
A pit stop with four laps to go meant Edwards finished 20th instead of third or fourth. He was clearly angry afterward and he should have been.
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14

Ryan Newman

1 2 6/22
Catastrophic engine failure and a 34th-place finish capped a catastrophic night for Stewart-Haas.
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15

Joey Logano

1 1 8/20
After the race, Logano was angry at Newman for allegedly running over him. The result was a 22nd-place finish.
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16

Paul Menard

0 - 7/20
A 12th-place finish for Menard was just about average for his season so far.
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17

Marcos Ambrose

0 2 14/21
Second in class among the Fords, Ambrose finished 13th.
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18

Jeff Gordon

0 3 2/21
For once, nothing went wrong for Gordon, who earned just his second top-five finish of the season.
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19

Kurt Busch

0 - 15/19
The older Busch made the second-highest number of green-flag passes in the race, behind only Kahne.
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20

Jamie McMurray

0 2 14/20
An OK night for McMurray, who finished 15th.
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