Racingone Power Rankings

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The latest edition of the RacingOne NEXTEL Cup Series Power Rankings as the series heads to California Speedway for Sunday's Sharp AQUOS 500, 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. Jeff Gordon: Gordon's 19th-place finish at Bristol was his first finish outside the top 10 with the Car of Tomorrow. Because of the finish, his season driving rating dropped below 110 for the first time since Pocono last month. Gordon will look to bounce back this weekend at California Speedway where he leads all drivers with three wins.

California Finishing Average: 11.1
California Wins: 3

2. Jimmie Johnson: Johnson battled a tight race car before getting caught up in a multi-car wreck in the final 100 laps at Bristol. Johnson, who completed 40.2% of the 500 laps in the top 15, fell 1.7 points in his season driver rating after finishing 21st. This weekend the No. 48 Chevrolet will sport a Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Habitat for Humanity paint scheme at California Speedway - a track where Johnson has one win and five top fives.

California Finishing Average: 7.4
California Wins: 1

3. Tony Stewart: Stewart captured his seventh top 10 in the Car of Tomorrow with his fourth-place finish at Bristol. It marked his fifth top five in 18 starts at the .533-mile track. California Speedway is one of four tracks on the schedule that Stewart has yet to win. However, Stewart has finished in the top 10 in three of the last five starts there and has posted the fifth best average driver rating.

California Finishing Average: 17.0
California Wins: 0

4. Kurt Busch: Busch continued his summer charge after finishing sixth at Bristol for his seventh-straight finish of 11th or better on the season. He used his Bristol performance and took advantage of Denny Hamlin's misfortune to move into the fourth slot in the season ratings. This past February, Busch scored his best finish in three starts with Penske Racing at California Speedway - in seventh. His lone win at the track came with Roush Racing back in 2003.

California Finishing Average: 11.5
California Wins: 1

5. Denny Hamlin: Despite making a run from the back of the pack into the top 10, Hamlin recorded his worst NEXTEL Cup finish, in 43rd, after the engine let go on lap 209 at Bristol. Hamlin's 51 green flag passes in the Sharpie 500 helped him post the 28th-best driver rating in the race. Unfortunately the engine failure dropped him 1.9 points in the season ratings, which was the biggest drop among the top 10 this week. Hamlin will look to rebound at California Speedway where he has the fourth-best average finish among all drivers.

California Finishing Average: 9.7
California Wins: 0

6. Kyle Busch: Busch's ninth-place finish at Bristol was his fourth consecutive top 10 at the track. Ironically Busch will be heading to California Speedway where he is coming off four consecutive top 10s, including a win in this event in 2005.

California Finishing Average: 12.5
California Wins: 1

7. Dale Earnhardt Jr: Earnhardt Jr. gained some in the season ratings with his ninth finish of 11th or better at Bristol. He passed 43 cars while running in the top 15, which was the most of any driver in the event. Based on statistics things do not bode well for Junior's chances to gain on making the "Chase" at California Speedway, because it's his worst oval on the schedule going off of finishing average.

California Finishing Average: 21.2
California Wins: 0

8. Carl Edwards: Edwards gained the most points among the top 10 in the season ratings with his win at Bristol. It marked his third top 10 in seven starts at the track and it lowered his finishing average with the Car of Tomorrow from 11.0 to 10.0. Edwards' 29th-place finish in February at California Speedway was his only finish outside the top 10 in six starts.

California Finishing Average: 8.5
California Wins: 0

9. Matt Kenseth: Kenseth's streak of two consecutive Sharpie 500 wins came to an end after a crash took him out of the race on lap 452. Kenseth's 29th-place finish dropped him to ninth in the rankings. Hopefully his Bristol performance won't repeat itself because he is coming off two wins in the February race and two seventh-place finishes at California Speedway. His average driver rating of 116.4 is also the best among all drivers in the last five races at the 2-mile track.

California Finishing Average: 10.6
California Wins: 2

10. Jeff Burton: Burton didn't let a plain orange car slow him down at Bristol as he was among the fastest on the straightaways and restarts in the Sharpie 500. His 12th-place finish at Bristol was his fifth top 15 with Richard Childress Racing in seven starts at the track. This past February, Burton posted his best finish with RCR at California Speedway in fourth.

California Finishing Average: 16.9
California Wins: 0

Power Mover

Kasey Kahne: Kahne gained 2.5 points on his season driver rating after leading 305 laps en route to a second-place finish at Bristol. It was his first top five since Homestead of last year. Kahne, who is the defending California winner, has yet to finish better than 30th on 2-mile tracks in 2007.

California Finishing Average: 14.9
California Wins: 1

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