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Power Rankings after Talladega

Tom Jensen, SPEED.com

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Posted October 08, 2012 10:06 AM EDT

With his seventh-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway, Brad Keselowski maintains the lead in the FOXSports.com/SPEED.com Power Rankings.

 

The new list, following Sunday’s Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500.

+5

Kenseth

-4

Earnhardt Jr.

FOX SPORTS NASCAR POWER RANKINGS

RK DRIVER WINS CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

Brad Keselowski

5 - 1/21
In a race that could have profound championship implications, Keselowski finished ahead of his two closest title rivals, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin, which is huge.
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2

Jeff Gordon

1 3 2/21
In the last seven races, Gordon has finished second four times and third twice. Running better than anyone now.
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3

Jimmie Johnson

3 1 1/20
The bad news? Johnson got wrecked again at a restrictor-plate track. The good news? He’s still within striking distance of Keselowski.
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4

Denny Hamlin

5 1 1/12
Slip, sliding away … slip, sliding away. That’s what Hamlin’s championship hopes might be doing right now.
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5

Clint Bowyer

2 1 3/19
After winning the last two fall races at Talladega, finishing 23rd was a bitter blow for Bowyer, who could be out of title contention already.
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6

Kasey Kahne

2 2 2/22
At 36 points in back of Keselowski, Kahne is likely the last guy still legitimately in contention for a title with the top three in points.
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7

Tony Stewart

3 - 1/15
So close, but so far away. Stewart was first in Turn 1 on the final lap, but finished 22nd after contact with Michael Waltrip.
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8

Matt Kenseth

3 5 1/13
The 2003 champ has been unbelievable at plate tracks this year, with two victories and two third-place finishes.
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9

Kyle Busch

1 - 3/17
A good third-place run for Busch, who has endured a bizarre season so far.
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10

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

1 4 1/13
Unfortunately for Earnhardt, any reasonable expectation of a title run this season ended on Sunday.
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11

Greg Biffle

2 1 1/12
Although not quite as good as Kenseth, Biffle’s sixth-place finish capped a solid season on plate tracks.
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12

Kevin Harvick

0 1 1/13
For a long while on Sunday, Harvick looked like the Harvick of old before finishing 11th.
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13

Martin Truex Jr.

0 3 3/13
It’s been a great year for Truex, but truth is, he’s been invisible in the Chase.
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14

Ryan Newman

1 - 6/22
Things are looking up for Newman, who finished ninth and earlier in the week got more sponsorship for next year.
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15

Joey Logano

1 - 8/20
Collateral damage in an early-race crash, Logano limped home to a 32nd-place finish.
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16

Jamie McMurray

0 - 14/20
The 2010 Daytona 500 winner drove like a demon until he got wrecked by Harvick.
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17

Paul Menard

0 1 7/20
Like a lot of guys, Menard’s day did not end well, not by a long shot.
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18

Carl Edwards

0 1 4/19
Not a good day, either, for Edwards, who was wrecked early.
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19

Trevor Bayne

0 - 0/0
For a time, Bayne looked like the guy who won the 2011 Daytona 500.
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20

Marcos Ambrose

1 1 14/21
Meh. Finishing 27th wasn’t what Ambrose wanted.
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