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Power Rankings after Coca-Cola 600

Tom Jensen,

Posted May 28, 2012 02:13 PM EDT

Kasey Kahne captured the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to claim his first victory of the season. But it’s runner-up Denny Hamlin who moves to the top of the Power Rankings this week:







Denny Hamlin

2 6 1/12
Don’t look now, but Hamlin is on a roll, with finishes of fourth or better in four of the past five points races, including consecutive runner-up finishes at Darlington and Charlotte.
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Greg Biffle

1 3 1/12
Fourth place wasn’t bad, except for the fact Biffle led 204 of 400 laps in the race. Once again, though, the lap leader can’t seal the deal.
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Jimmie Johnson

1 2 1/20
Thanks to a horrific night on pit road, the man who crushed the field a week ago at the Sprint All-Star race failed to lead a single lap and finished 11th.
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Matt Kenseth

1 2 1/13
A loose wheel held Kenseth back as he ultimately finished 10th. He admitted afterward that he didn’t have a winning car.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.

0 2 1/13
Sixth place? After last year, all of Junior Nation was expecting Our Long National Nightmare to finally end. It didn’t.
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Kyle Busch

1 - 3/17
A nice night for Rowdy, as he came home third, behind Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Hamlin.
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Brad Keselowski

2 3 1/21
After dodging a bullet on pit road, where he collided with Tony Stewart, Keselowski raced to a fifth-place finish.
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Martin Truex Jr.

0 4 3/13
It was a quiet night for the Jersey Boy, who wheeled his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota to a 12th-place finish.
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Kevin Harvick

0 - 1/13
As much as Harvick hates Charlotte, he has run well here lately. This time, he was eighth.
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Carl Edwards

0 3 4/19
Like his Roush Fenway teammate Matt Kenseth, Edwards fought back from a loose wheel to post a top 10.
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Kasey Kahne

2 - 2/22
A huge victory at Hendrick Motorsports’ home track continued Rick Hendrick’s hot streak and vaulted Kahne into Chase contention.
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Tony Stewart

2 4 1/15
Dude, WTH? A 25th-place finish? Seriously?
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Clint Bowyer

0 1 3/19
A 13th-place finish, right behind teammate Martin Truex Jr., showed the MWR Toyotas were off just a bit.
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Ryan Newman

1 4 6/22
At least Newman ran better than his boss did, which isn’t saying a whole lot.
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Paul Menard

0 2 7/20
Not a bad night for Menard, who finished 15th. Not a great one, either.
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Aric Almirola

0 - 15/20
A first career Sprint Cup pole, a 16th-place finish and a move into the top 20 in points. All in all, a good weekend for Almirola.
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Jeff Burton

0 3 4/21
Still not running where he should, Burton cranked out a 19th-place finish.
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Jeff Gordon

0 - 2/21
After posting an average finish of 28th in his previous four starts, Big Daddy came home seventh at Charlotte. Huzzah!
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Joey Logano

0 1 8/20
When your teammates finish second and third and you finish 23rd, that’s trouble.
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Mark Martin

0 1 10/20
The ageless one lost an engine, but he’s still fast on the track.
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