Nascar Power Rankings

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings

2012 Preseason Power Rankings

Tom Jensen, SPEED.com

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Posted February 20, 2012 11:46 AM EST

Time to kick off the FOXSports.com/SPEED.com Power Rankings with the preseason edition.

 

This week’s list:

FOX SPORTS NASCAR POWER RANKINGS

RK DRIVER WINS CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

Kevin Harvick

0 - 1/13
Free of the obligations of running Kevin Harvick Inc. and with a new child on the way and an old friend in as his crew chief, Harvick is the man to beat.
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2

Kasey Kahne

0 - 2/22
Finally in a stable home with fast cars at Hendrick Motorsports, Kahne will make the most serious title run of his career to date.
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3

Jimmie Johnson

0 - 1/20
Never, ever underestimate the talent and determination of Johnson, who could end up starting another championship streak this year.
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4

Carl Edwards

0 - 4/19
A Daytona 500 pole was a good way to kick off the season for Edwards, who must demonstrate that he has recovered from last year’s heartbreak.
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5

Kyle Busch

0 - 3/17
Busch made a pair of truly astonishing saves in winning his first Budweiser Shootout. Still, he’s not finished better than eighth in points with Joe Gibbs Racing.
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6

Tony Stewart

0 - 1/15
The three-time and defending Sprint Cup champion has never won titles back to back, but he should be good again this season.
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7

Brad Keselowski

0 - 1/21
Last year, Keselowski proved he was a front-line Sprint Cup driver and the Chase races are good for him. Still, don’t think he’ll be better this year.
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8

Matt Kenseth

0 - 1/13
Consistent and capable, Kenseth should be solidly in the Chase mix again this year.
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9

Jeff Gordon

0 - 2/21
As great a driver as Gordon unquestionably is, he has never mastered the Chase for the Sprint Cup format and his drive for five will again stall.
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10

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

0 - 1/13
For the first time in his career, look for Junior to make it into NASCAR’s playoff round in consecutive seasons.
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11

Denny Hamlin

0 - 1/12
Optimistic all during the offseason about new crew chief Darian Grubb, it still could take time for the new duo to get on track.
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12

Greg Biffle

0 - 1/12
The Biff makes it back into the Chase following a 2011 season where everything that could go wrong did go wrong.
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13

Ryan Newman

0 - 6/22
It will be a good year for Newman although he will be the last man out in the title fight.
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14

AJ Allmendinger

0 - 13/24
The move to Penske Racing proves good for all involved as ‘The Dinger continues to improve.
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15

Jeff Burton

0 - 4/21
It will be a better season for Burton, but not a great season, as he and new crew chief Drew Blickensderfer prove to be a good combo.
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16

Marcos Ambrose

0 - 14/21
The affable Aussie is the team leader now for Richard Petty Motorsports and does a good job with the team.
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17

Juan Pablo Montoya

0 - 17/23
With new crew chief Chris Heroy, Montoya finally starts to recover his old form.
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18

Clint Bowyer

0 - 3/19
The move to Michael Waltrip Racing isn’t quite the instant success that Bowyer had hoped for.
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19

Paul Menard

0 - 7/20
Solid but unspectacular, Menard provides a solid third car for Richard Childress Racing.
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20

Joey Logano

0 - 8/20
Jo-Lo improves in 2012, but not enough to earn a new contract at Joe Gibbs Racing.
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