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Power Rankings after Kansas

Tom Jensen,

Posted October 22, 2012 09:52 AM EDT

Brad Keselowski returns to the No. 1 slot in the Power Rankings this week, with just four races left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.


The new list, following Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway:







Brad Keselowski

5 1 1/21
OK, ninth place wasn’t the finish Keselowski wanted. But he didn’t lose any of his lead on Jimmie Johnson and picked up five points on Denny Hamlin.
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Jimmie Johnson

3 1 1/20
Did Johnson’s crew win him a sixth title by their amazing rebuild of his wrecked car, or did Johnson lose it by crashing mid-race? We’ll know in four weeks.
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Clint Bowyer

2 1 3/19
The Kansas native couldn’t back up his Charlotte victory, but finished a respectable sixth. Still very much a long shot to win championship.
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Denny Hamlin

5 1 1/12
When your rivals stumble, you must pounce. Instead, Hamlin finished a disappointing 13th at Kansas. His title hopes are rapidly fading.
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Kasey Kahne

2 1 2/22
A good run for Kahne, who finished fourth. But he might have done even better without bobbling on a late restart.
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Matt Kenseth

3 6 1/13
Congrats to Kenseth on what might be his final victory with Roush Fenway Racing. He and Keselowski have each won two Chase races.
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Tony Stewart

3 - 1/15
A top-five finish for Stewart was good, but realistically, he’s not going to repeat as champion.
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Martin Truex Jr.

0 - 3/13
Great day for Truex, who finished second at Kansas. In fact, his only two runner-up finishes this season both came at Kansas.
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Jeff Gordon

1 1 2/21
The four-time champion picked up one spot in the points with a 10th-place finish.
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Greg Biffle

2 5 1/12
The big loser on the afternoon was Biffle, who was fast all day but ended the race 27th after contact with the wall.
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Kevin Harvick

0 - 1/13
For the third time in the last five races, Harvick finished 11th. That should tell you something.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.

1 1 1/13
It looks like Junior will be back at Martinsville this weekend after missing a second race with a concussion.
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Kyle Busch

1 4 3/17
The 2012 season can’t end soon enough for Busch, who finished 31st after getting wrecked by Ryan Newman.
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Regan Smith

0 5 14/19
Seventh place was a great result for Smith, who once again subbed for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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Paul Menard

0 3 7/20
Hey, everyone, it’s Menardi Gras! Menard finished third, his first top five since winning the Brickyard 400 in 2011.
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Marcos Ambrose

1 4 14/21
Nice run for Ambrose. He finished 12th, his best result since Bristol.
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Carl Edwards

0 3 4/19
Another disappointing weekend for Edwards, who finished 14th in a race his teammate won.
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Jamie McMurray

0 1 14/20
A top-15 finish for McMurray, his first since the second Michigan race.
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Ryan Newman

1 4 6/22
An ugly afternoon for Newman, who limped home 30th.
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Joey Logano

1 4 8/20
Wait until next year for Logano, who was 19th at Kansas.
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