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Power Rankings after Michigan

Tom Jensen,

Posted August 20, 2012 09:25 AM EDT

Greg Biffle won Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, but on the basis of his second consecutive runner-up finish, Brad Keselowski moves to the top of the Power Rankings.

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Earnhardt Jr.





Brad Keselowski

3 1 1/21
In the last seven races, Keselowski has one victory, five top fives and no finishes outside the top 10. His average finish in that period is 4.43. He’s ready to go for the championship.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.

1 2 1/13
To finish fourth in a backup car that had never turned even a single lap in practice speaks volumes about how far Earnhardt and the No. 88 team have come.
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Greg Biffle

3 - 1/12
An impressive display of speed all weekend from Biffle, who had only one top five in the prior seven races. He earned his second victory of the year on Sunday.
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Jimmie Johnson

3 3 1/20
A catastrophic engine failure with six laps to go cost Johnson the victory, but he’s still one of the men to beat this year.
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Matt Kenseth

1 - 1/13
Michigan was not a good race for Kenseth, who finished 17th, yet managed to move to second in points behind his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Biffle.
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Martin Truex Jr.

0 1 3/13
Fast enough to run up front but unable to seal the deal, Truex was a respectable 10th in his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota.
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Clint Bowyer

1 1 3/19
Seventh in points and seventh at Michigan put Bowyer seventh in the Power Rankings this week, as his good season continues.
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Tony Stewart

3 - 1/15
One of three cars afflicted by the failure of a Hendrick Motorsports engine, Stewart is still someone who can get hot at any minute.
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Kasey Kahne

2 2 2/22
Despite a wild ride through the infield grass during Mark Martin’s crash, Kahne rebounded to finish an excellent third.
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Ryan Newman

1 2 6/22
The Stewart-Haas driver manned up and finished an excellent eighth despite being so sick he needed an IV before the race.
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Kevin Harvick

0 2 1/13
The return of Gil Martin to a supervisory role with the No. 29 team had little impact, as a frustrated Harvick finished 16th.
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Denny Hamlin

2 2 1/12
After sweeping both Michigan races last season, the three Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas were shockingly uncompetitive this time around.
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Kyle Busch

1 - 3/17
The defending Michigan race winner, Busch never even got close to the front at Michigan. A very disappointing finish of 13th meant maybe he should have stayed for Happy Hour.
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Carl Edwards

0 2 4/19
He still needs to win or miss the Chase and he was clearly behind Biffle, but Edwards’ sixth-place finish tied for his second-best of the year.
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Marcos Ambrose

1 - 14/21
After winning at Watkins Glen, Ambrose backed it up with an excellent top-five finish in Michigan.
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Paul Menard

0 1 7/20
Best of the Richard Childress Racing bunch, Menard earned his fifth top-10 finish of the season.
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Jeff Gordon

1 3 2/21
A tough blow to Gordon’s “Drive For Five.” His Chevy blew an engine and with it, Gordon lost any reasonable chance of making the Chase.
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Jamie McMurray

0 - 14/20
How’s this for a stat? McMurray finished 14th for the fifth time this season.
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Aric Almirola

0 1 15/20
The Richard Petty Motorsports driver finished 20th, not a bad day’s work.
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Joey Logano

1 2 8/20
A disastrous 31st-place finish for Logano, who is not helping his Silly Season prospects.
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