NASCAR Power Rankings

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Driver Power Ranking

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So far, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has seen the potential Chase contenders all making themselves known with wins and good placings. The usual suspects like Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards are currently inside the top 5. Other familiar faces such as Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin currently sit outside of the top 10, but the series has a long way to go, so no writing them off quite yet.

Let’s not forget the darlings of NASCAR, Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., entertaining the masses with their coming together on track and giving the media week’s worth of soap opera material to play with.

The Gen-6 machine has managed to shake things up this season, but which drivers can tame the beast and continue to notch up the points? Will the experienced overcome their deficit by keeping it cool, or will some younger talent shine through with some aggressive driving?

As the Sprint Cup Series heads to the Dover International Speedway for the FEDEX 400 this weekend, there are two drivers with a clear shot at the title, with some tasty contenders just ready to capitalize on any mishaps.

The top two drivers remain in the same position in this week’s Power Rankings (nothing new there), and from there on down, there is a continued jostling of positions, keeping the title chase open and exciting. Take a look at the drivers who have managed to jump up the power rankings, either by taking wins and scoring well, or from the ability to remain consistent and staying out of trouble.

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5. Clint Bowyer

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NASCAR’s Mr. Consistency jumps into fifth place in the power rankings after finishing fifth in the Food City 500. With his fifth place in Kansas and an impressive second in Richmond, Bowyer has always been thereabouts.

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4. Kasey Kahne

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Kahne led at Charlotte with only 14 laps to the checkered flag and, trying to make a hard decision whether to pit knowing the cars behind would do the opposite, he only managed to snatch second place. Add this to his win at the Food City 500 and his second place at the STP 400, and Kahne is still in the running.

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3. Kevin Harvick

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Having two wins under his belt and a fifth place finish at Darlington means Harvick has enough points to keep him in the running as we head into summer.

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2. Jimmie Johnson

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Jimmie Johnson seems cursed at Charlotte, as this was his sixth consecutive year failing to post a top-10 finish. Despite finishing 22nd, the five-time champion still manages to maintain second spot.

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1. Matt Kenseth

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Although Kenseth led 112 laps at Charlotte before getting caught up in a crash he didn't start, he still managed a 15th placing — enough to maintain his lead.