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Power Rankings after Richmond

Tom Jensen, SPEED.com

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Posted September 10, 2012 12:04 PM EDT

After leading the most laps at Richmond, Denny Hamlin remains at the top of the FOXSports.com/SPEED.com Power Rankings. While this list usually reflects what happened at last weekend’s race, this week it’s more of a forecast on how I expect the Chase for the Sprint Cup to play out.


This week’s list:
 

+8

Stewart

-6

Truex Jr.

FOX SPORTS NASCAR POWER RANKINGS

RK DRIVER WINS CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

Denny Hamlin

4 - 1/12
Bad pit strategy cost Hamlin another victory at Richmond, but he is the top seed heading into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
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2

Jimmie Johnson

3 4 1/20
Although he’s been on cruise control the past couple of weeks, bet against Johnson and the No. 48 team at your own risk. Five titles speaks volumes.
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3

Tony Stewart

3 8 1/15
The three-time champ stunk up the joint in practice and qualifying, yet when the checkered flag fell he was fourth. Look out, rest of the field.
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4

Brad Keselowski

3 1 1/21
Not only does Keselowski have three race victories this year, but he’s shown something few others have: The ability to go on a lengthy hot streak.
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5

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

1 3 1/13
It’s been a dream season for Earnhardt so far. Now we find out how good he and the No. 88 team really are.
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6

Clint Bowyer

2 4 3/19
The Richmond winner has a lot of good tracks in the Chase and could surprise some people, something he’s already done in his first year with Michael Waltrip.
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7

Matt Kenseth

1 - 1/13
Consistency got Matt Kenseth this far, but he’s a lame duck on a team that hasn’t had a whole lot of speed lately.
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8

Kasey Kahne

2 4 2/22
Now that he’s in the Chase, Kahne is a legitimate championship threat. He's going to be tough down the stretch.
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9

Greg Biffle

2 5 1/12
Like Kenseth, Biffle hasn’t shown much speed lately, but who knows what tricks Roush Fenway Racing has left up its sleeves?
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10

Jeff Gordon

1 3 2/21
After an astonishing clutch run at Richmond, I’m tempted to put Gordon much higher. But the Chase format has never been kind to him.
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11

Martin Truex Jr.

0 6 3/13
So far this year, Truex has been very, very good. The only problem is, some of those ahead of him have been great.
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12

Kevin Harvick

0 4 1/13
Now that he’s back with Gil Martin as his crew chief, Harvick is running better, but probably not good enough to win the title.
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13

Kyle Busch

1 4 3/17
What can you say? Missing the Chase for the second time in five seasons at Joe Gibbs Racing is a huge disappointment for Busch.
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14

Ryan Newman

1 1 6/22
For a time, it looked as if Newman would race his way into the Chase, but he faded late.
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15

Marcos Ambrose

1 1 14/21
Give Ambrose props: Although he missed the Chase, he’s having the best year of his career.
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16

Mark Martin

0 - 10/20
Truth: Old guys rule. Martin got in third top-three finish of the season at Richmond.
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17

Paul Menard

0 1 7/20
Not a great year for Menard, who has finished 10th to 20th 17 times in 26 races.
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18

Carl Edwards

0 - 4/19
Down the stretch, Edwards kept saying he was going to win. Last five races: 17th, 36th, 22nd, 6th, 14th.
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19

Joey Logano

1 2 8/20
In his last seven races, Logano has finished 30th or worse four times.
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20

Jeff Burton

0 - 4/21
An excellent sixth-place run for Burton went unnoticed in the Chase hoopla.
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