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NASCAR Power Rankings Week 2

Tom Jensen, SPEED.com

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Posted March 04, 2013 08:22 AM EST

Jimmie Johnson put on a late charge Sunday to win his second Daytona 500 and move to the top of the FOXSports.com/SPEED.com Power Rankings.

 

This week’s list.
 

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Earnhardt Jr.

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Gordon

FOX SPORTS NASCAR POWER RANKINGS

RK DRIVER WINS CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

Jimmie Johnson

1 6 1/7
The five-time champ was quiet during most of Speedweeks but came on strong when it mattered, in a run reminiscent of David Pearson. He really does want to win eight championships and this is a great start to his pursuit of No. 6.
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2

Danica Patrick

0 - 2/23
Winning the Daytona 500 pole wasn’t a fluke. Patrick proved that by becoming the first woman to ever lead a Sprint Cup race, posting the best finish ever by a woman in the Daytona 500 and by becoming only the 13th driver ever to lead both the Daytona 500 Expand Description
Winning the Daytona 500 pole wasn’t a fluke. Patrick proved that by becoming the first woman to ever lead a Sprint Cup race, posting the best finish ever by a woman in the Daytona 500 and by becoming only the 13th driver ever to lead both the Daytona 500 and the Indy 500. Collapse Description
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3

Brad Keselowski

0 3 1/16
Even with the nose of his Penske Ford torn up, Keselowski damn near won the 500 anyway. He will be a force to be reckoned with for quite some time.
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4

Matt Kenseth

0 1 1/9
The 2003 champ dominated the race, leading 86 of 200 laps before the engine in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota let go. Would not be a shock if he wins it all this year.
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5

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

0 9 1/14
For the third time in the last four years, Junior made a big charge at the end to finish second. Good way to start the year.
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6

Kevin Harvick

0 2 1/15
It was a great Speedweeks for Harvick up until Kyle Busch turned Kasey Kahne, triggering a multi-car pileup that took several top contenders out, including Harvick.
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7

Ryan Newman

0 6 7/20
It was a trying week for Newman, who fought illness and a wreck during a prelim to come back and post a solid top-five finish.
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8

Tony Stewart

0 7 1/20
Smoke’s Daytona 500 hard luck continued, as he got caught in the same crash that took out Harvick, Kasey Kahne and others.
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9

Mark Martin

0 - 8/19
The ageless one finished third behind Johnson and Earnhardt and got mega cool points for having rapper 50 Cent up on his pit box for the race.
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10

Greg Biffle

0 1 4/18
From start to finish, The Biff was the best of the Fords at Daytona, hands down. Couldn’t get hooked up on the last lap, though, and finished sixth.
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11

Kyle Busch

0 2 1/16
Fast car, DNF because of engine failure. A frightening flashback to last year for Busch.
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12

Kasey Kahne

0 4 2/15
Speaking of frightening flashbacks, Kahne got wrecked out of the Daytona 500 again, not the start he wanted.
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13

Jeff Gordon

0 8 3/18
A disappointing 20th-place finish for Gordon, who fought overheating issues along with bad drafting luck.
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14

Denny Hamlin

0 4 1/19
Once Kenseth and Busch fell out, Hamlin had no drafting partners. Had an interesting post-race Twitter spat with Joey Logano.
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15

Clint Bowyer

0 - 2/15
It looked like Bowyer might finish in the top two or three, but he faded at the end.
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16

Regan Smith

0 - 16/17
Driving for tiny Phoenix Racing, Smith mixed it up with the big boys to finish seventh. Great run.
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17

Michael McDowell

0 - 17/19
Team owner Phil Parsons didn’t even bring a backup car for McDowell. He didn’t need one as McDowell drove to a ninth-place finish.
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18

Martin Truex Jr.

0 1 9/20
Fast car, broken Toyota motor. Sensing a theme here?
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19

Carl Edwards

0 3 1/19
No one is happier to leave Daytona than Edwards, who wrecked five cars.
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20

Bobby Labonte

0 - 20/23
When all the Toyotas were running, Labonte was in the top 10. Still finished a respectable 15th.
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