NSCS: Pocono Power Rankings

August 9, 2011 No Comments

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1. KYLE BUSCH — It’s not a surprise that Kyle doesn’t like Pocono, but he ran strong all day long (almost won). Very impressive run for Rowdy!  Previous rank: 3.

2. JIMMIE JOHNSON — Jimmie wasn’t happy with Kurt after the race, but this wasn’t the first time that the two have been involved in some “sort” of conflict. Expect tempers to flare once again as we head to the Glen! Previous rank: 2.

3. CARL EDWARDS — Coming off a week of a brand new contract, you would expect more from a P9 finish for “cousin” Carl, I’m sure he expected more as well. Previous rank: 1.

4. KURT BUSCH — No question he hit Jimmie on the track, but he said it was “hard racing”. When asked about the incident in the Media Center afterwards, he literally “blew up”. Previous rank: 7.

5. JEFF GORDON — Jeff didn’t start in an “ideal” position, but still managed to have a successful day. More of a points day for Gordon. Previous rank: 5.

6. MATT KENSETH — Kenseth wasn’t happy with his car for the majority of the race, but the car eventually “came to him” by the end. Still another consistent day for “sweet pea”. Previous rank: 4.

7. KEVIN HARVICK — A P14 finish meant Harvick missed the top 10 for the fourth week in a row. Previous rank: 6.

8. RYAN NEWMAN — Not a bad day for the “rocket man”- finished P5. Previous rank: 8.

9. DALE EARNHARDT JR. — For the first time since the last Pocono race, Earnhardt finished in the top 10, finishing P9.  Previous rank: 11.

10. TONY STEWART — — A blown left-front tire made for a bad day for Stewart, who rebounded to finish P11. Previous rank: 9.

11. DENNY HAMLIN — Mistakes after mistakes really hurt Hamlin, who was expected to get his first win of the season Sunday. Previous rank: 10.

12. CLINT BOWYER — Bowyer managed to “gut” through the day, even though he wasn’t feeling the best. Previous rank: 12.

13. PAUL MENARD — Coming off a win at the Brickyard, Menard managed to finish P10.  Previous rank: 13.

14. BRAD KESELOWSKI — Keselowski displayed both mental and physical toughness Sunday. Not many expected him to race after his accident at Road Atlanta, yet alone win. Previous rank: Unranked.

15. KASEY KAHNE — After starting P2, he fell like a rock and eventually put Juan Pablo Montoya in the wall. Not a good day for the lame duck driver. Previous rank: 14.

16. GREG BIFFLE — The entire race was a struggle for Biffle, but he still managed to pull out a top-ten. Previous rank: 16.

17. JOEY LOGANO – The one guy that was praying for rain experienced bad luck in the end. A tire ruined his chances of securing a win. Previous rank: 20.

18. DAVID RAGAN — Early on, Ragan made a huge and costly mistake by spinning himself out in Turn 3. — Previous rank: 15.

19. AJ ALLMENDINGER — Finished P20 at Pocono, another decent run. Previous rank: 18.

20. MARK MARTIN — Martin finished P13, worst of all the other Hendrick cars. I am beginning to wonder if Martin is questioning whether or not he should have raced another year. Previous rank: 19.

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