NSCS: Michigan Power Rankings

August 22, 2011 No Comments

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Kyle Busch became the first four-time winner of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, as he is now locked into the Chase.

Sunday’s victory also solidified Busch’s spot to hold on to #1, for at least another week.

This week’s list:

1. KYLE BUSCH — With another great performance at Michigan International Speedway (Winner of the Pure Michigan 400), one has to think Busch is on his way to his first career NSCS Championship. Previous rank: 1.

2. JIMMIE JOHNSON — The day didn’t start as expected for Johnson, but a P2 finish is more than they could have asked for. This is the Johnson form we usually see come Chase time. Previous rank: 2.

3. JEFF GORDON — Gordon finished P6 on Sunday, the third time in four races he’s finished sixth or better. Previous rank: 7.

4. BRAD KESELOWSKI — Keselowski is the “biggest” mover this week, as he has finishes of P1, P2, and P3 in the last three races (all after his Road Atlanta accident… remarkable!) Previous rank: 14.

5. MATT KENSETH — It’s hard to believe Kenseth finished as the “highest ranking Ford”, but that was the case. Kenseth brought home a P10 finish, very disappointing for the Roush camp. Previous rank: 6.

6. KEVIN HARVICK — Harvick lost the race on pit road, these mistakes are unacceptable, as Harvick failed to crack the top 10 for the fifth time in six races. Previous rank: 4.

7. CARL EDWARDS — A TERRRIBLE weekend for Edwards, as something “breaks” during Sunday’s running of the “Pure Michigan 400”. It’s almost to the point where Edwards needs a win to get back on the right track. Previous rank: 3.

8. RYAN NEWMAN — Did anyone even hear of Ryan Newman making another Top-5 finish? If his fellow teammate/car owner Tony Stewart could rack off some of these finishes, SHR would be on the top of their game. Previous rank: 8.

9. KURT BUSCH — It’s hard to believe, but for the second week in a row Busch wrecked and finished outside the top 30. Not the direction they are wanting to head this time of year. Previous rank: 5.

10. DALE EARNHARDT JR. — A P14 run for Junior was the eighth time in the last nine races he’s finished 14th or worse. One has to imagine that he is pretty thrilled to still be in the Chase. Previous rank: 9.

11. TONY STEWART — Stewart finished P9 Sunday, but you couldn’t tell based on his post-race interviews with ESPN, not fun. Previous rank: 11.

12. CLINT BOWYER — Not a bad run for Bowyer, as he is hoping to find a way to make the Chase before the Chase begins. Previous rank: 10.

13. GREG BIFFLE — After winning the pole, leading 86 of 200 laps, all Biffle took home was a P20 finish, smh. How does that happen? Previous rank: 15.

14. DENNY HAMLIN — Not the day the expected race winner wanted to have. After hitting the wall hard and forcing repairs, Hamlin looks like he might miss the Chase for the first time. Previous rank: 13.

15. PAUL MENARD — We all know Menard is chasing the wildcard spot currently occupied by Hamlin, but if Menard wants to actually make the Chase, he might want to consider finishing higher than P26. Previous rank: 14.

16. AJ ALLMENDINGER — Not a bad day for the ‘Dinger, as he finished P11. Previous rank: 16.

17. MARK MARTIN — Sunday’s P4 finish for Martin was just his second Top-5 finish this season. Previous rank: Unranked.

18. KASEY KAHNE — A P7 run for Kahne definitely “eased” over any tension they had been feeling over the last several weeks. Previous rank: 19.

19. MARCOS AMBROSE — After winning at Watkins Glen, a damaged car at Michigan quickly brought him back to reality. Previous rank: 18.

20. JOEY LOGANO — A very quiet day for Logano, as he finished P21. Previous rank: 17.

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