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Power Rankings after Subway 500

Tom Jensen, SPEED.com

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Posted March 05, 2012 12:30 PM EST

Denny Hamlin dominated the late going to win Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, which also moved him to the top of this week’s FOXSports.com/SPEED.com Power Rankings.

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

+15

Johnson

-11

Menard

FOX SPORTS NASCAR POWER RANKINGS

RK DRIVER WINS CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

Denny Hamlin

0 2 1/12
Clearly, the addition of crew chief Darian Grubb has brought fresh energy and ideas to Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin is going to be hard to beat this year.
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2

Matt Kenseth

1 1 1/13
A 13th-place finish in the desert was nothing to get excited about for Kenseth, but he ought to rebound nicely next week in Las Vegas.
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3

Kevin Harvick

0 3 1/13
Like Hamlin, Harvick has gotten a big shot in the arm from his new crew chief, in this case Shane Wilson. A great second-place finish for Harvick at Phoenix.
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4

Greg Biffle

0 1 1/12
Biffle, traditionally a slow starter, opened the 2012 season with consecutive third-place finishes, which bodes well for his chances of a good season.
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5

Jimmie Johnson

0 15 1/20
Yes, Johnson is 37th in points after the Daytona wreck and the NASCAR points penalty. But he showed why he’s so good on Sunday, driving from 25th to a fourth-place finish.
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6

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

0 4 1/13
By passing two cars on the last lap, Junior moved up to 14th, his best position of the day. He really wasn’t very good in Phoenix.
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7

Martin Truex Jr.

0 4 3/13
Michael Waltrip Racing continues to show improvement, with Truex now sixth in points after a seventh-place run at Phoenix.
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8

Kyle Busch

0 6 3/17
A sixth-place finish at Phoenix put Busch squarely between teammates Hamlin (first) and Joey Logano (10th).
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9

Joey Logano

0 1 8/20
Logano narrowly edges out Mark Martin, because he’s running a full schedule and Martin isn’t – which means he’ll fall out of here soon.
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10

Mark Martin

0 - 10/20
The ageless one claimed the pole in Phoenix, but Electronic Fuel Injection issues held him back to a 10th-place finish.
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11

Brad Keselowski

0 10 1/21
With Penske announcing a switch to Ford for next year, Keselowski didn’t miss a beat, finishing fifth at Phoenix.
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12

Carl Edwards

0 3 4/19
Two races into the 2012 season and Edwards doesn’t look like one of the preseason championship favorites. In fact, he’s third in points on his team.
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13

Jeff Burton

0 9 4/21
Tough luck for Burton, who blew an engine late, robbing him of a good finish.
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14

Bobby Labonte

0 - 14/23
I don’t think Labonte’s name has been mentioned in the first two weeks of the season, but he’s 11th in points.
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15

Tony Stewart

0 2 1/15
Whoops. Stewart shut his engine off under caution to save gas and lost two laps before it re-fired. That left him 22nd at Phoenix.
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16

Jeff Gordon

0 3 2/21
Big Daddy had only an OK day at Phoenix, where he finished ninth. But OK is a big improvement over the Daytona debacle.
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17

Dave Blaney

0 - 17/22
When the season began, Tommy Baldwin was going to start-and-park Blaney. Instead, he’s 16th in points after two races.
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18

Paul Menard

0 11 7/20
It was a tough day for Menard who got caught up in a wreck with AJ Allmendinger and finished 31st.
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19

Clint Bowyer

0 7 3/19
Two blown right-front tires made for a brutal race for Bowyer, who ended the afternoon 30th.
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20

Ryan Newman

0 2 6/22
The SHR driver got put into the wall by Carl Edwards, but still managed to finish 21st.
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