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Power Rankings after Atlanta

Tom Jensen, SPEED.com

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Posted September 03, 2012 12:42 PM EDT

Back to back victories at Bristol and now Atlanta Motor Speedway move Denny Hamlin to the top of the FOXSports.com/SPEED.com Power Rankings.



This week’s list:
 

+4

Hamlin

-5

Johnson

FOX SPORTS NASCAR POWER RANKINGS

RK DRIVER WINS CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

Denny Hamlin

5 4 1/12
Talk about peaking at the right time: Three weeks ago, Joe Gibbs Racing seemed in complete disarray. And now, Hamlin is the championship favorite. My, how things change.
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2

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

1 - 1/13
Junior was a lap down for much of the night at Atlanta but used the wave-around to rally back and finish a solid seventh, a truly impressive effort on his part.
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3

Brad Keselowski

3 1 1/21
By finishing third on a night when he was nowhere near the fastest car, Keselowski made chicken salad out of chicken … well, you know.
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4

Greg Biffle

2 1 1/12
The points leader was super fast at times during practice but, honestly, was not very good in the race, finishing 15th. Inexplicably, he still leads the points.
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5

Martin Truex Jr.

0 1 3/13
A heartbreaking loss for Truex, who had the race in the bag until a late-race caution cost him the victory.
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6

Jimmie Johnson

3 5 1/20
A rare driver error by Johnson caused a late-race crash. Realistically, he had no better than a 10th-place car.
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7

Matt Kenseth

1 1 1/13
A so-so finish for Kenseth, who ran ninth but was never a factor in the outcome of the race.
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8

Kevin Harvick

0 3 1/13
For the first time in 13 races, Harvick actually led a lap. In fact, he led 101, four less than Hamlin.
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9

Kyle Busch

1 3 3/17
For the second race in a row, Busch finished sixth. But he helped his Chase chances a whole lot.
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10

Clint Bowyer

1 3 3/19
First a blown engine in practice, then a dead battery in the race for Bowyer. Not a good weekend.
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11

Tony Stewart

3 1 1/15
He won the pole, finished 22nd and clinched a Chase spot, something of a mixed weekend for the defending champion.
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12

Kasey Kahne

2 3 2/22
Surprisingly, Kahne was woefully uncompetitive at Atlanta, finishing 23rd after battling handling woes all night.
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13

Jeff Gordon

1 - 2/21
The four-time champ was kicking himself for not putting the bumper to Hamlin on the last lap of the race with a Chase berth on the line.
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14

Marcos Ambrose

1 1 14/21
After a 17th-place finish, Ambrose needs to win at Richmond or else miss the Chase.
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15

Ryan Newman

1 1 6/22
Crashed out again, Newman needs to win at Richmond, too.
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16

Paul Menard

0 3 7/20
Almost Menardi Gras, as the Richard Childress Racing driver finished eighth.
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17

Joey Logano

1 1 8/20
The odd man out at Joe Gibbs Racing puked all weekend but finished 18th.
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18

Carl Edwards

0 1 4/19
After Atlanta, Edwards’ Chase aspirations are dead.
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19

Brian Vickers

0 1 7/21
He didn’t race this weekend. He’s still better than some guys who did.
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20

Jamie McMurray

0 - 14/20
When McMurray crashed with five laps to go, it changed the outcome of the race.
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