NSCS: Kentucky Power Rankings

Credit: Associated Press

1. KYLE BUSCH — The younger Busch brother dominated Kentucky in order to take over the points lead for the first time since Phoenix in February. Also, did I mention he won 2 out of the 3 races this weekend? Previous Ranking: 3

2. CARL EDWARDS — A solid P5 effort from “Cousin Carl” yesterday, ran well but did not have the pace of Busch or several other top drivers. Previous Ranking: 2

3. KURT BUSCH — This championship contender started off the night with a bang, but quickly faded out of the picture by the end of the race. Previous Ranking: 5

4. JIMMIE JOHNSON — Even though Old Five-Time allowed David Reutimann to pass him for second place, but he was really good all race long. Previous Ranking: 7

5. KEVIN HARVICK — Let’s be honest, RCR did not have the night they were hoping for, as Harvick’s 16th-place finish was best of the four RCR Chevys. Previous Ranking: 1

6. MATT KENSETH — It has been a very long time since we have seen Kenseth contending the way that he has, expect Kenseth to really shake some heads come chase time. Previous Ranking: 4

7. JEFF GORDON — Gordon took a very ill handling car in the beginning to finishing in the top 10, not bad I must add.                      Previous Ranking: 6

8. RYAN NEWMAN — After back to back finishes outside the top 20, Newman earned his first top five since Darlington with a great P4 run. Previous Ranking: 11

9. DENNY HAMLIN — Not a great weekend for the Hamlin squad, after blowing an engine in practice. However, I think he would be happy with his P11 run. Team has work to do. Previous Ranking: 9

10. DALE EARNHARDT JR. — All it took was a flat tire to spoil Earnhardt Jr’s day, as he finished P30. He only has an average finish over the last 4 races of P27, no big deal right? Previous Ranking: 8

11. TONY STEWART — Waiting patiently for the opportunity for Stewart to celebrate in victory lane this summer, like he has in so many years past, but when will it be? Finished P12 on Saturday night.  Previous Ranking: 12

12. JUAN PABLO MONTOYA — Although he finished just P15 at Kentucky, he still is in good Chase shape with the Brickyard and Watkins Glen on the schedule. Previous Ranking: 14

13. DAVID RAGAN — Just after Ragan was celebrating in Daytona; Ragan finished P8 and moved up two more spots in points to 15th. Previous Ranking: 13

14. CLINT BOWYER — It is a never ending cycle for Bowyer, as his team clearly missed the setup once again. Previous Ranking: 10

15. GREG BIFFLE — A P21 finish was worst of all four Roush Fenway Racing Fords. Previous Ranking: 15

16. KASEY KAHNE — After qualifying P4, you had to figure Kahne was expecting to finish higher than P13. Previous Ranking: 18

17. PAUL MENARD — After having one of the faster cars in practice, his finish didn’t show it. Previous Ranking: 17

18. MARK MARTIN — As one who respects Martin, it’s really tough to see him struggle like he has in his final year in Sprint Cup. Previous Ranking: 19

19. BRAD KESELOWSKI — He should have finished higher than P7, after he led more laps than anyone except race-winner Kyle Busch. Previous Ranking: NR

20. AJ ALLMENDINGER — You know you have had a bad night when the first thing you do after the race is apologize to your sponsors and fans. Previous Ranking: 16

Next Week: New Hampshire

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