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Power Rankings after New Hampshire

Tom Jensen,

Posted July 16, 2012 08:59 AM EDT

Kasey Kahne won Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but with his eighth top-five finish of the year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. moves back atop the Power Rankings for this week.

This week’s list:







Dale Earnhardt Jr.

1 1 1/13
In his last eight races, Junior has finished eighth or better six times. He is a legitimate title contender this time around.
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Matt Kenseth

1 1 1/13
None of the Roush Fenway Racing Fords looked especially good at New Hampshire, where Kenseth struggled to finish 13th.
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Brad Keselowski

3 1 1/21
A steady run saw Keselowski advance from his 22nd qualifying spot to finish fifth.
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Denny Hamlin

2 3 1/12
The No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was the car to beat, but miscommunication with crew chief Darian Grubb cost Hamlin the race.
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Greg Biffle

1 1 1/12
A ninth-place finish meant that Biffle was best in class among the Fords in the field, but he was still behind the frontrunners.
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Jimmie Johnson

2 1 1/20
Short-pitting killed Johnson, who lost critical track position when the caution came out one lap after his stop.
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Tony Stewart

3 4 1/15
New Hampshire is one of Stewart’s best tracks, but you’d never know it by the way he ran Sunday, struggling to finish 12th.
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Kevin Harvick

0 - 1/13
Another top-10 finish for the new father, but Harvick is still looking for Victory Lane.
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Clint Bowyer

1 1 3/19
For a time, it seemed as if the two-time New Hampshire winner would triumph again, but third place was still pretty sporty.
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Martin Truex Jr.

0 1 3/13
A respectable 11th-place finish for Truex, who looks as though he’ll make the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
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Kasey Kahne

3 3 2/22
His second victory of the season virtually locks Kahne into the Chase, which is huge.
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Kyle Busch

1 1 3/17
After leading the first 72 laps, two horrible pit stops cost Busch a shot at victory. Bad weekend.
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Ryan Newman

1 - 6/22
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver finished 10th to keep the wild-card race interesting.
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Joey Logano

1 2 8/20
Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Hamlin and Busch dominated at New Hampshire, but Logano was way off their pace.
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Carl Edwards

0 - 4/19
For the sixth time in the last seven races, Edwards failed to finish in the top 10. This is a team in trouble.
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Jeff Gordon

0 - 2/21
For the third time in five races, Gordon finished sixth. But he needs to win or he’ll miss the Chase.
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Paul Menard

0 1 7/20
A 17th-place finish was par for the course for Menard, who has finished between 10th and 20th 13 times in 19 races.
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Brian Vickers

0 - 7/21
You have to be impressed with the job Vickers has done in four starts for MWR this season.
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Jamie McMurray

0 - 14/20
The EGR cars are struggling, as McMurray’s 20th-place finish shows.
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Marcos Ambrose

0 - 14/21
Nineteenth wasn’t great by any means, but all the Fords struggled this weekend.
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