Cup: Indianapolis Report Card And Power Rankings

August 1, 2011 No Comments

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A “slightly” boring race set up an incredible finish that will forever be burned into the history books at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Oh, did I mention the race winner was Paul Menard? If you picked Menard to win, you should probably be thinking about purchasing a Powerball Lottery ticket.

My Report Card For Indianapolis:

Broadcast: A-

Attendance: B (About average if not slightly more for a NASCAR race at Indy)

Venue: A+ (It’s Indy, what would you expect?)

My overall grade for the 2011 Brickyard 400: B+

This week’s list:

1. CARL EDWARDS — Many folks are still wondering whether Carl Edwards will stay at Roush Fenway or join Joe Gibbs Racing, that remains to be seen. Edwards broke a splitter and finished 14th. Previous rank: 3.

2. JIMMIE JOHNSON — A rare mistake by Chad Knaus to take four tires instead of two cost Johnson a great finish, as the three-time Brickyard winner finished 19th.Previous rank: 1.

3. KYLE BUSCH — Kyle literally hit anything and everything out at the track, but still managed to bring home a top 10 finish, incredible!  Previous rank: 4.

4. MATT KENSETH — Kenseth was the best Roush car in race trim, by far. Not a bad weekend for “Sweet Pea”. Previous rank: 8.

5. JEFF GORDON — A great run for the previous Brickyard 400 race winner, who nearly caught up to Menard in the closing laps of the race. Previous rank: 6.

6. KEVIN HARVICK — Yesterday’s race brought three straight finishes for Harvick outside the top 10. Not a good time to begin having “bad luck”. Previous rank: 5.

7. KURT BUSCH — Kurt will have to wait yet another year to kiss the bricks.  Previous rank: 2.

8. RYAN NEWMAN — Anyone else shocked that this “Hoosier” native wasn’t a factor? Newman finished at a decent 12th. Previous rank: 7.

9. TONY STEWART — An incredible come-back for Stewart, has he had to push forward. Oh, did I mention his steering was off by about 3 inches? Previous rank: 10.

10. DENNY HAMLIN — Yet another “terrible” weekend for Hamlin, who lost another Toyota engine in practice and finished 27th in the race. Something has to give. Previous rank: 9.

11. DALE EARNHARDT JR. — For the sixth race in a row, Earnhardt failed to crack the top-15. Previous rank: 11.

12. CLINT BOWYER — After the season Clint has had, to be currently 12th in points is quite an accomplishment. Previous rank: 12.

13. PAUL MENARD — Menard? Paul Menard won the Brickyard 400?? Yes! A fantastic job to the whole 27 RCR team! Previous rank: 19.

14. KASEY KAHNE — Kahne was a HUGE factor in this race, arguably one of the fastest cars on the track. Attempting to avoid an accident at the end of the race ruined his chances of earning a finish he sought out for. Previous rank: 15.

15. DAVID RAGAN — A pretty good weekend for the young Roush Fenway driver. Did I mention he won the Brickyard 400 pole? That he did!  Previous rank: 13.

16. GREG BIFFLE — Biffle finished inside the top 10, but was never considered one of the front runners. Previous rank: 14.

17. AJ ALLMENDINGER — Finished 22nd, not what the ‘Dinger had hoped for. Previous rank: 16.

18. JUAN PABLO MONTOYA — It’s been a while since Montoya was NOT a factor for the Brickyard 400, seemed kind of different? Previous rank: 17.

19. MARK MARTIN — A great day for Mark “the kid” Martin, finished P8. Exactly what the doctor had prescribed.  Previous rank: 20.

20. JOEY LOGANO — Joey struggled, looks for a big “comeback” next week at Pocono. Previous rank: 18.

Next Race: Pocono Raceway

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