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Power Rankings after Martinsville

Tom Jensen,

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 Power Rankings.


Here are this week’s Power Rankings:







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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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AJ Allmendinger

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

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

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