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NASCAR Power Rankings Week 4

Tom Jensen, SPEED.com

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Posted March 11, 2013 07:59 AM EDT

Matt Kenseth’s victory in Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was indeed impressive, as he won for the first time with his new team, Joe Gibbs Racing.

 

The FOXSports.com/SPEED.com Power Rankings have never been closer at the top, but on the basis of his third consecutive top-four finish, defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski narrowly takes over the top spot from five-time champ Jimmie Johnson.

 

This week’s list:

+8

Kahne

-5

Bowyer

FOX SPORTS NASCAR POWER RANKINGS

RK DRIVER WINS CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

Brad Keselowski

0 1 1/16
After his third-place finish, Keselowski was bemoaning the fact that he has yet to win this season. But he has been awfully close in each of the first three races and looked rock solid again in Las Vegas. He’s not going anywhere.
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2

Jimmie Johnson

1 1 1/7
What’s wrong with the No. 48? After winning at Daytona and finishing second at Phoenix, Johnson was sixth in Sin City. Of course, absolutely nothing is wrong with the No. 48, as Johnson is still plenty strong.
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3

Matt Kenseth

1 3 1/9
OK, let’s cut to the Chase: As early as it is in this season, Kenseth nearly won the Daytona 500 and now has a victory under his belt. If someone other than Kenseth, Johnson or Keselowski wins the championship this year, it will be a surprise. The top thrExpand Description
OK, let’s cut to the Chase: As early as it is in this season, Kenseth nearly won the Daytona 500 and now has a victory under his belt. If someone other than Kenseth, Johnson or Keselowski wins the championship this year, it will be a surprise. The top three already are in a class by themselves.Collapse Description
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4

Carl Edwards

1 1 1/19
The Missouri native backed up his Phoenix victory of last week with a top-five finish and appears back on form after last year’s dismal season.
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5

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

0 1 1/14
Three races, two top-five and three top-10 finishes for Earnhardt, who is off to a very strong campaign this year. Third in points right now is an excellent way to start the season.
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6

Denny Hamlin

0 1 1/19
Like his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Hamlin had a very fast Toyota in Vegas. A late-race pit-road penalty cost him a good finish, as he ended the day 15th.
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7

Kasey Kahne

0 8 2/15
For the first time all season, Kahne dominated, leading nearly half the race, but got beaten by pit strategy. Still, it was his best run of the year by far.
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8

Mark Martin

0 1 8/19
The ageless one was good but not great at Las Vegas, finishing a respectable 14th.
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9

Kyle Busch

0 7 1/16
The younger Busch finally put together an incident-free day and finished fourth after leading 27 laps.
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10

Tony Stewart

0 2 1/20
Like a lot of his fellow drivers, Stewart was awful early, going a lap down to the field. But he rallied near the end to salvage an 11th-place finish.
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11

Greg Biffle

0 - 4/18
Regarded as one of the threats to win, Biffle surely had to be disappointed with his 17th-place finish.
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12

Clint Bowyer

0 5 2/15
Virtually from the drop of the green flag, Bowyer’s day was a complete and utter disaster, resulting in a 27th-place finish.
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13

Aric Almirola

0 - 8/20
Believe it or not, 16th at Vegas was Almirola’s worst finish of the season. And believe it or not, he’s 10th in points.
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14

Kevin Harvick

0 2 1/15
Finally, Harvick managed to have a solid run, earning his first top-10 points-race finish of 2013. Ninth place at Vegas was pretty good.
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15

Jeff Gordon

0 5 3/18
Three of the four Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolets at Las Vegas finished in the top seven. Gordon finished 25th, a disastrous run on what should have been a good track for him.
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16

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

0 3 13/21
Certainly, an 18th-place run wasn’t what Stenhouse was shooting for, but he’s 11th in points, which has to be ahead of where he expected to be at this point.
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17

Paul Menard

0 - 9/20
Is Menard’s first top-10 finish of the season cause to declare that it’s Menardi Gras time? Maybe, maybe not. But in any event it was a good day for Menard.
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18

Joey Logano

0 - 3/19
By finishing 12th at Las Vegas, Logano posted his best result to date since joining Penske Racing.
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19

Martin Truex Jr.

0 1 9/20
Like Harvick, Truex put his early season bad luck behind him at Las Vegas, where he had his first top 10 of the year.
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20

Marcos Ambrose

0 - 19/21
Not a great race for Ambrose, but not a horrible one, either, as he finished 22nd.
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