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Power Rankings after Bristol

Tom Jensen,

Posted March 19, 2012 09:40 AM EDT

Brad Keselowski waged a stirring duel with Matt Kenseth to win the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, but it’s Greg Biffle who holds on to the top in this week’s Power Rankings.


Here are this week’s Power Rankings:







Greg Biffle

0 - 1/12
OK, Biffle’s 13th-place finish at Bristol was mediocre, especially after qualifying on the pole. The problem is none of his nearest competitors did much, either.
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Matt Kenseth

1 5 1/13
The 2003 Cup champion moves up to second in the Power Rankings on the basis of his runner-up finish at Bristol.
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Kevin Harvick

0 1 1/13
An 11th-place finish was better than Harvick ran most of the day, but that’s how championships are made.
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Martin Truex Jr.

0 6 3/13
A season’s best third-place finish for Truex, as all three Michael Waltrip Racing cars finish in the top five.
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Jimmie Johnson

0 2 1/20
Truthfully, Johnson wasn’t especially impressive in finishing eighth at Bristol, a track where he had one victory and three finishes of fourth or better in the prior four races.
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Brad Keselowski

0 14 1/21
A dominant victory for Keselowski, who now has won back-to-back races at Bristol.
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Brian Vickers

0 - 7/21
In his only race so far this year, Vickers led one-fourth of the laps and finished fifth at a track where he’d never even cracked the top 10 before.
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Denny Hamlin

1 3 1/12
Another disappointing day for Hamlin, with a second consecutive 20th-place finish. Plus loses points for poorly executed prerace “Dougie.”
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.

0 3 1/13
Earnhardt had a fast car, but made contact with teammate Jeff Gordon, putting him in wall, and got caught speeding on pit road, finishing 15th. Doh!
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Clint Bowyer

0 4 3/19
A great fourth-place finish for Bowyer, hot on the heels of a sixth-place run a week earlier. Things are looking up at MWR.
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Tony Stewart

2 7 1/15
A tough day for Stewart, who gutted out a 14th-place finish after getting punted.
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Joey Logano

0 3 8/20
For the second race in a row, Logano’s 16th-place finish was best in class among the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas.
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Paul Menard

0 2 7/20
Seventh at Vegas and 10th at Bristol. Is it Menardigras time already?
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Ryan Newman

0 5 6/22
A decent 12th-place finish for Newman, who hung tough most of the afternoon.
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Jeff Burton

0 1 4/21
Although he tailed off just a little late, Burton had a strong sixth-place finish.
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Carl Edwards

0 8 4/19
Bummer of a day for Edwards, who got taken out in the early-race Kasey Kahne crash and finished 39th.
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Kyle Busch

0 4 3/17
Another victim of the Kahne crash, Busch managed to log some laps and finish 32nd.
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Jeff Gordon

0 1 2/21
Wrecked by his own teammate, Gordon had the kind of day that gives car owners ulcers.
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Juan Pablo Montoya

0 - 17/23
No jet dryers were harmed in Montoya’s season’s-best eighth-place finish.
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Jamie McMurray

0 - 14/20
A great day overall for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, as McMurray finishes a strong seventh.
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