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Power Rankings after Martinsville

Tom Jensen, SPEED.com

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Posted April 02, 2012 09:01 AM EDT

Even though his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Ryan Newman won the Goody’s Fast Relief 500, it’s Tony Stewart who holds onto the top spot in this week’s FOXSports.com/SPEED.com Power Rankings.

 

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

+5

Newman

-8

Busch

FOX SPORTS NASCAR POWER RANKINGS

RK DRIVER WINS CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

Tony Stewart

2 - 1/15
At one point, Stewart was a lap down to the leaders, yet he rallied to finish seventh and his teammate won the race. A pretty fine day for the owner/driver.
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2

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

0 2 1/13
Don’t look now, but Earnhardt has had top-five finishes two weeks in a row and three in six races. Oh, yeah, he’s also second in points.
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3

Greg Biffle

0 1 1/12
He leads the Sprint Cup points standings, but a 13th-place run at Martinsville was nothing to get excited about. He’ll be glad to see Texas in two weeks.
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4

Matt Kenseth

1 1 1/13
He usually struggles badly at Martinsville, but this time, Kenseth pulled out an excellent fourth-place finish, far and away best among the Roushketeers.
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5

Jimmie Johnson

0 2 1/20
Yes, Johnson finished 12th. But he drove through the field twice and looked the part of a five-time champion until he got wrecked.
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6

Ryan Newman

2 5 6/22
The fifth different winner in six races, Newman was in the right place at the right time to capitalize on an opportunity when it counted. Huzzah!
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7

Martin Truex Jr.

0 1 3/13
You never heard Truex’s name all race long and suddenly the checkered flag flew and he finished fifth, his fourth top-10 of the year.
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8

Kevin Harvick

0 5 1/13
One of the biggest disappointments Sunday was defending race-winner Harvick’s woeful 19th-place finish. Ouch.
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9

Denny Hamlin

1 1 1/12
Sixth place is good for most drivers at most tracks. Sixth for Hamlin at Martinsville is subpar. His Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was way behind the Hendrick Chevys.
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10

Brad Keselowski

1 5 1/21
The Bristol winner said he thought he was hosed on the restart order at the end of the race. Hard to disagree with that assessment.
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11

Jeff Gordon

0 - 2/21
Even though he finished 14th, Gordon led 328 laps and looked like a guy who has seven Martinsville victories to his credit. Great run, bad luck at the end.
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12

Clint Bowyer

0 2 3/19
Top 10 in both the race and the points, Bowyer has shown surprising speed this year with Michael Waltrip Racing.
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13

Carl Edwards

0 - 4/19
After being bog slow Friday and Saturday, some would say finishing 11th was good for Edwards. But he does not yet have the speed of a championship contender.
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14

AJ Allmendinger

0 - 13/24
The ‘Dinger scored a career-best runner-up finish behind Ryan Newman. Nice run.
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15

Jeff Burton

0 2 4/21
Burton was fast at times but appeared to have engine problems and ended the race 22nd.
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16

Joey Logano

0 - 8/20
For the second consecutive race, Logano finished outside the top 20, but he held on to 13th in points.
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17

Kyle Busch

0 8 3/17
Another awful outing for Busch, who hasn’t been a factor for much of the season, aside from his second place at California.
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18

Aric Almirola

0 - 15/20
A great eighth-place run for Almirola, who drove smart and tough.
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19

Paul Menard

0 5 7/20
An ugly 26th-place finish for Menard, who has finished the last three races progressively worse.
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20

Kasey Kahne

0 - 2/22
Engine failure while running in top three dooms Kahne to a hugely disappointing finish.
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