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NASCAR Power Rankings Week 9

Tom Jensen, SPEED.com

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Posted May 09, 2013 02:03 AM EDT

With a strong third-place finish in the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway, Jimmie Johnson moves back into the No. 1 spot in the FOXSports.com/SPEED.com Power Rankings with eight races down on the season.

This week’s list:

+7

Kenseth

-6

Edwards

FOX SPORTS NASCAR POWER RANKINGS

RK DRIVER WINS CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

Jimmie Johnson

2 1 1/7
The 48 team was junk on Friday but Johnson rallied to finish third behind Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne on Sunday. Still the championship favorites.
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2

Matt Kenseth

1 7 1/9
Qualify on the pole? Check. Lead the most laps? Check. Win the race? Check. Yeah, Kenseth and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team opened up a big ole’ whuppin' in Kansas this weekend.
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3

Kasey Kahne

1 3 2/15
Since he stumbled in the first two races, Kahne has continued to improve and become more dangerous, as his second-place finish at Kansas showed. He was the best of the Hendrick cars all weekend long.
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4

Kyle Busch

3 3 1/16
It seemed as if the younger Busch would finally have a good race at Kansas this week. He didn’t, crashing twice and finishing 38th in a hugely disappointing afternoon.
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5

Brad Keselowski

0 1 1/16
Despite encountering every plague short of locusts, frogs and boils, Keselowski managed to finish sixth, best of the Fords. He and his Penske team remain strong threats to again win the big prize at the end of the year.
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6

Greg Biffle

0 1 4/18
It was a bad day for Biffle, a two-time Kansas winner, as he finished 19th. Biffle is fast in practice, slow in the races, which is baffling.
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7

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

0 - 1/14
An up-and-down day for Junior ended mostly down, as he finished 16th, worst of the four Hendrick cars, thanks to a poorly timed caution flag.
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8

Clint Bowyer

0 - 2/15
Although he didn’t make much noise, Bowyer finished fifth, a good run for the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota.
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9

Carl Edwards

1 6 1/19
For most of the race, Edwards ran near the front or not far from it, but he slid to 17th after getting bitten by how the cautions fell.
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10

Paul Menard

0 2 9/20
Tenth in the race, 10th in the Sprint Cup points standings for Menard. Solid effort.
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11

Jamie McMurray

0 4 11/18
Don’t look now, but McMurray is having a pretty impressive season, as his seventh-place finish showed.
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12

Aric Almirola

0 1 8/20
The No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team is getting better, too, with Almirola finishing eighth at Kansas.
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13

Kevin Harvick

0 2 1/15
In eight races this year, Harvick has finished 12th once, 13th four times and 14th once. Weird.
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14

Martin Truex Jr.

0 3 9/20
Great run for Truex, who earned his second consecutive top-five with a fourth-place finish.
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15

Jeff Gordon

0 1 3/18
In the end, Gordon finished 13th. He was horrible on Friday and Saturday, though.
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16

Ryan Newman

0 2 7/20
In a down year for the team, Newman once again posted the best finish (14th) of any of the three Stewart-Haas cars.
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17

Kurt Busch

0 1 2/19
All in all, a decent day for Busch, who finished 15th in his Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet.
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18

Mark Martin

0 - 8/19
Another top-10 finish for the ageless veteran, who came home ninth in an MWR Toyota.
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19

Tony Stewart

0 - 1/20
Really, still not a very good day for Stewart, who was 21st and is off to the worst start of his career.
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20

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

0 - 17/20
Don’t look now, but Stenhouse just posted the best finish of his season, with an 11th place at Kansas.
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