In a race where Marcos Ambrose finally got his first career NSCS win, a fight at the end would steal the spotlight from the veteran Aussie. Needless to say, another rivalry was formed, as Greg Biffle and Boris Said expressed their distaste for one another on National Television, but did that alter this week’s Power Rankings?
1. KYLE BUSCH — Even though “Rowdy” had the best car all day and led the most laps, for some reason he just couldn’t get it done. Busch came home P3 in Monday’s event. Previous rank: 1.
2. JIMMIE JOHNSON — Johnson had a fairly “quiet” weekend, besides the press conference where he slammed Kurt Busch. Johnson finished at a “decent” P10 spot. Previous rank: 2.
3. CARL EDWARDS — It’s hard to believe Edwards has never led a lap at Watkins Glen, but he managed to finish within the top 10 Monday. Previous rank: 3.
4. KEVIN HARVICK — Finally, the streak is broken for Harvick. Harvick finished inside the top-10 for the first time in five races and his best finish since the June Pocono race. Previous rank: 7.
5. KURT BUSCH — It’s quite a coincidence that Kurt had the same “brake” issues that Keselowski had at Road Atlanta, but believe it. A hard crash into the wall quickly ruined Busch’s day. Previous rank: 4.
6. MATT KENSETH — Kenseth is known for being “Mr. Consistency” and it showed Monday at Watkins Glen. It seems to be a never ending occurrence for Kenseth, as he always finishes P12, P13, or P14 at Watkins Glen International. Previous rank: 6.
7. JEFF GORDON — Things didn’t go well for Gordon, even though he had a “fast” car. Gordon finished Monday’s event P13. Previous rank: 5.
8. RYAN NEWMAN — It’s also hard to believe Newman hasn’t had a top-10 at the Glen since 2006, Monday turned out to be an average day for the “Rocketman”. Previous rank: 8.
9. DALE EARNHARDT JR. — Fuel mileage was the “bearer of bad news” for Junior, as an extra pit stop took him out of contention for the win. Previous rank: 9.
10. CLINT BOWYER — A pretty solid run for the Kansas native, finishing inside the top-15. Previous rank: 12.
11. TONY STEWART — Stewart had a really good day going, but a spin on the final lap dropped him twenty spots. Previous rank: 10.
12. BRAD KESELOWSKI — Each week Keselowski amazes me more and more. Just one week after his triumphant win, Keselowski held on to take home a P2 run. Previous rank: 14.
13. DENNY HAMLIN — Exactly like Kurt Busch, Hamlin also experienced brake failure. Why is it that we are seeing more and more of these types of incidents at road courses? Previous rank: 11.
14. PAUL MENARD — A tire failure ruined Menard’s day, but he still has had one impressive month! Previous rank: 13.
15. GREG BIFFLE — Running out of gas and then getting into a fight? Not a good day for the driver of the No. 16 RFR Ford. Previous rank: 16.
16. AJ ALLMENDINGER — It was a great day for both RPM and the ‘Dinger as he finished P8. Previous rank: 19.
17. JOEY LOGANO — A very quiet run for the young Joey Logano, but he brought home a P5 finish. Previous rank: 17.
18. MARCOS AMBROSE — What a great story for the Aussie turned NSCS winner. Ambrose became the fifth different first time winner of 2011 (most since 2002). Previous rank: Unranked.
19. KASEY KAHNE — It was not a great day for Kahne, who in eight Cup starts has never finished better than P14 at Watkins Glen. Previous rank: 15.
20. MARTIN TRUEX JR. — Can you believe an MWR car finished inside the top-5? You better believe it, because Truex became the pride of MWR Monday. Previous rank: Unranked.