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Power Rankings after Kansas

Tom Jensen, SPEED.com

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Posted April 23, 2012 08:52 AM EDT


Martin Truex Jr. gave it a whale of a run in the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway, but it was Denny Hamlin who won the race and Greg Biffle who stays atop this week’s FOXSports.com/SPEED.com Power Rankings.

 

Here are this week’s FOXSports.com/SPEED.com Power Rankings:

+7

Hamlin

-5

Gordon

FOX SPORTS NASCAR POWER RANKINGS

RK DRIVER WINS CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

Greg Biffle

0 - 1/12
With one victory, five top-five and six top-10 finishes in eight races, the Biff looks awfully strong. He was disappointed with how he ran at Kansas, finishing fifth. When fifth is bad, you’re running good.
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2

Denny Hamlin

1 7 1/12
With two race victories already this season, Hamlin is climbing fast in the Power Rankings. And he’s clearly the best of the Joe Gibbs Racing trio right now.
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3

Martin Truex Jr.

0 3 3/13
Had Truex hung on to win at Kansas, he’s have taken the No. 1 spot here, too, but third is nothing to be ashamed of.
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4

Jimmie Johnson

0 2 1/20
For the second consecutive race, Johnson finished in the top three. His average finish over the last seven races is 6.0, which is plenty stout.
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5

Matt Kenseth

1 2 1/13
Like Biffle, his Roush Fenway teammate, Kenseth has one victory, five top fives and six top 10s so far. He finished fourth at Kansas.
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6

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

0 1 1/13
Finishing seventh at Kansas wasn’t bad for Earnhardt, but he and his team just seem to lack the ability to finish races as strong as they run early on.
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7

Kevin Harvick

0 - 1/13
Despite running out of gas and losing critical track position mid-race, Harvick made a nice rebound to finish sixth.
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8

Tony Stewart

2 4 1/15
Last year, Stewart owned the 1.5-mile tracks. But for the second week in a row, he had a subpar finish at one.
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9

Carl Edwards

0 3 4/19
Ninth at Kansas, ninth in points equals ninth in the Power Rankings. But Edwards once again brought up the rear among the Roushkateers, not an encouraging sign.
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10

Ryan Newman

2 2 6/22
Not a great day for Newman, as he finished 20th. Still, he’s having a decent season.
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11

Kyle Busch

0 1 3/17
The good news? Busch ran better than he usually does at Kansas, finishing 10th. The bad? He wasn’t in the same zip code as teammate Hamlin.
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12

Clint Bowyer

0 2 3/19
Fast car plus engine failure equals bad points day for the Kansas native.
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13

Joey Logano

0 5 8/20
Finishing 15th after losing an engine at the start of Friday practice was a good recovery for JoLo.
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14

Brad Keselowski

1 1 1/21
An 11th-place finish wasn’t what Keselowski was expecting at Kansas, where he won last June.
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15

Kurt Busch

0 2 15/19
After running in the top 10 for most of the race, Busch’s motor went away late, but he still had a good run.
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16

Jeff Gordon

0 5 2/21
Another disappointing outing for Original Four-Time, who had engine issues and limped home 21st.
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17

Kasey Kahne

0 1 2/22
Although he scored his second consecutive top-10 finish, Kahne is still in a deep points hole.
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18

Paul Menard

0 2 7/20
An 18th-place finish for Menard at Kansas, as his slide continues.
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19

Juan Pablo Montoya

0 - 17/23
The former F-1 star bounced his Chevy off the wall and he still finished 12th. Impressive.
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20

Aric Almirola

0 1 15/20
Kansas ended with Almirola 23rd in the final race results.
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