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NASCAR Power Rankings Week 3

Tom Jensen,

Posted March 06, 2013 01:15 PM EST

Carl Edwards had a dream afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway, where he won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Sunday. Still, it’s Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson who leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings — and stays atop the Power Rankings.







Jimmie Johnson

1 - 1/7
After winning the season opener, the five-time champion follows up with a thrilling second-place run at PIR, passing Denny Hamlin at the checkered flag. Already looking good this year.
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Brad Keselowski

0 1 1/16
Another strong outing by the defending champion, who finished fourth. Last year was not a fluke, folks. He will be a force all year.
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Carl Edwards

1 16 1/19
Cousin Carl snapped a 70-race winless streak, and did it at his sponsor’s race. Big day for the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing team. Correction: Huge day.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.

0 1 1/14
Getting blocked by Casey Mears on pit road and then spinning his tires on the restart may have cost Earnhardt a chance at victory.
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Denny Hamlin

0 9 1/19
Considering all the engine angst in the Toyota camp, Hamlin had an impressive run, finishing third behind Edwards and Johnson.
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Matt Kenseth

0 2 1/9
As expected, the 2003 champion rebounded nicely at Phoenix, with an excellent performance all weekend culminating with a seventh-place finish.
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Clint Bowyer

0 8 2/15
A solid run for Bowyer, as his sixth-place finish was tops among the three Michael Waltrip Racing Toyotas.
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Tony Stewart

0 - 1/20
Considering both his Stewart-Haas Racing teammates wound up in the wall, eighth place for Stewart wasn’t a bad result.
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Mark Martin

0 - 8/19
The ageless one was second in laps led to Edwards, but had to pit late and tailed off to finish 21st.
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Jeff Gordon

0 3 3/18
The four-time champion ran good but not great at PIR, finishing ninth, third among the Hendrick Motorsports cars.
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Greg Biffle

0 1 4/18
Third of the three Roush Fenway Racing Fords, Biffle struggled to a 17th-place finish.
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Kevin Harvick

0 6 1/15
Phoenix is usually one of Harvick’s best tracks, so he had to be disappointed with his 13th-place finish, definitely worse than he’d hoped for.
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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

0 - 13/21
Sixteenth wasn’t great, but it was enough to move Stenhouse into the top 10 in points.
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AJ Allmendinger

0 - 14/20
To finish 11th in his first race of 2013 with the small Phoenix Racing team was a huge accomplishment for The ‘Dinger.
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Kasey Kahne

0 3 2/15
For the second year in a row, Kahne’s season is off to a bad start. He qualified second but finished 19th at PIR and is now 31st in points.
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Kyle Busch

0 5 1/16
An engine failure in prerace warm-up and a spin in the race cost Busch dearly. He came home 23rd, not the start to the year he was looking for.
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Ryan Newman

0 10 7/20
Brutal day for Newman, who suffered through a pair of right-front tire failures that put him out of the race.
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Danica Patrick

0 16 2/23
After all the good vibes at Daytona, Patrick was slow all weekend and blew a right-front tire and finished 39th.
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Jeff Burton

0 - 16/22
Another driver who had a disappointing Speedweeks but a better run at Phoenix. Burton finished 10th on Sunday.
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Martin Truex Jr.

0 2 9/20
It was another bad day for Truex, who has had rotten luck to start the season. This time, it was a broken drive shaft yoke.
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