Racingone Power Rankings

The latest edition of the RacingOne NEXTEL Cup Series Power Rankings as the series heads to Infineon Raceway for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350, which features NASCAR's comprehensive statistical ratings system using a detailed formula to calculate each driver's performance.

Editor's Note: Top 10 rankings are generated by a formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race. Must have raced in 75 percent of scheduled point-paying races.

1. Jimmie Johnson: Hopefully fuel mileage won't come into play this weekend for Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe's Team. Even though he finished 19th at Michigan after running out of fuel, Johnson's third-best average driver rating in the Citizens Bank 400 puts him back on top of the rankings for another week. But will he stay there another week? Johnson has only scored two top-10 finishes in five starts at Infineon Raceway.

Infineon Finishing Average: 20.6
Infineon Wins: 0

2. Jeff Gordon: If baby Gordon does not arrive this weekend, expect Jeff to jump back on top of the rankings next week. Gordon, who has nine overall NEXTEL Cup road course wins, leads all drivers that have made six or more starts at Infineon with a 9.9 finishing average. On Sunday in Michigan he recorded the ninth overall driver rating at 103.7 and led 18 laps.

Infineon Finishing Average: 9.9
Infineon Wins: 5

3. Tony Stewart: Stewart said he dropped back to the rear of the field at Michigan so he could say he came from dead last to his eventual third-place finish. However this weekend, you probably won't see him do that as no driver has yet to win at Infineon outside of a top-15 starting position. That should be no problem for Stewart as he holds the second best starting average at 7.0. Stewart, who set a new Michigan record on Sunday by gaining 38 positions, has a solid record at Infineon, which includes two wins and four top 10s.

Infineon Finishing Average: 10.5
Infineon Wins: 2

4. Denny Hamlin: Hamlin, who finished 14th at Michigan, was the best of the 2006 rookie class on road courses. After winning in Mexico in the Busch Series, Hamlin went on to post a 12th-place finish in his first NEXTEL Cup start at Infineon. In the past two weeks, Hamlin has respectively posted the first and ninth best average driver rating in the events at Pocono and Michigan. His Infineon driver rating in 2006 was 19th best at 74.5. If he can lead his first laps on a road course on Sunday it will add to his series leading 581 laps led in the Car of Tomorrow.

Infineon Finishing Average: 12.0
Infineon Wins: 0

5. Matt Kenseth: Kenseth recorded his first DNF since April 2006 at Michigan after a multi-car accident on the backstretch. With the 42nd-place finish, Kenseth is hanging on to the fifth slot in the rankings. Hopefully the same result will not happen to him at Infineon where he has been running at the finish in his seven career starts - just like his career stats showed at Michigan prior to Sunday. Infineon is the only track on the circuit where Kenseth has yet to post a top-10 finish.

Infineon Finishing Average: 22.0
Infineon Wins: 0

6. Dale Earnhardt Jr: Earnhardt Jr. proved he wasn't going to let his recent announcement that he was moving to Hendrick Motorsports interfere with his performance at DEI. Junior started 23rd and used 53 quality passes (passing a car while running in the Top 15) to score a fifth-place finish just as the car ran out of gas. Junior will probably have to score his first top 10 at Infineon, which is his worst track by finishing average at 23.3, in order to surpass Kenseth in the rankings next week.

Infineon Finishing Average: 23.3
Infineon Wins: 0

7. Kurt Busch: Busch remains as the driver with the worst position (16th) in the point standings among the drivers that are ranked in the top 10. Since finishing 42nd and being handed a 100-point penalty at Dover, Busch has posted an average finish of 20.5. He will look to improve his points position at Infineon where he won the pole and finished fifth in his first road course event with Penske Racing.

Infineon Finishing Average: 16.5
Infineon Wins: 0

8. Kyle Busch: With Mark Martin dropping out of the top 10, Busch was able to move up one spot after his sixth-place finish at Michigan. He will look to use his 10.2 average finish with the Car of Tomorrow to improve his Infineon record where he has finished 40th and 11th, respectively.

Infineon Finishing Average: 25.5
Infineon Wins: 0

9. Carl Edwards: Edwards ended a 52-race winless streak and a nine-race absense from the Power Rankings top 10 with his victory at Michigan. He posted an average driver rating of 131.8 at MIS to jump from 11th to ninth. After finishing 38th in his first race at Infineon, he captured a sixth-place finish in 2006.

Infineon Finishing Average: 22.0
Infineon Wins: 0

10. Jeff Burton: Although he's holding on to the 10th slot, Burton continues to fall in the rankings after posting the best overall driver rating of 109.3 in the season opening Daytona 500. Since his win at Texas in April, Burton has posted one top 10 and an average finish of 21.6. Last year he finished seventh in his second race at Infineon with Richard Childress Racing.

Infineon Finishing Average: 20.6
Infineon Wins: 0

Power Mover

Martin Truex Jr: Truex continues to climb up the points standings and sits right outside the top 10 in the rankings with an 86.7 average driver rating. He finished 15th at Infineon last year, but based on his recent performances you can basically throw out looking at his 2006 stats.

Infineon Finishing Average: 15.0
Infineon Wins: 0

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