Power Rankings

Power Rankings

Roush Fenway teammates Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards top this week's Power Rankings. (Photo: Getty Images)

Season-to-Date Driver Ratings

Matt Kenseth jumps to the top of the Power Rankings after he scored his fourth consecutive top-10 finish with a victory at Texas Motor Speedway, while his teammate Carl Edwards moves into second after reclaiming the series points lead.

1. Matt Kenseth: Kenseth moves to the top of the rankings after dominating the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, leading 169 laps en route to snapping a 76-race winless streak. Kenseth, who came close to posting a perfect driver rating in the race (144.7 of 150.0), became the only driver to post a top 10 in the last four races this season. Not only did Kenseth make the biggest move of the week in the rankings, but he also did in the championship standings moving up six spots to third. If Kenseth is to post his fifth consecutive top 10 he will need to turnaround his recent luck at Talladega Superspeedway, where he has yet to finish in the top 10 in his last eight starts.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.0
Point Standing: Third
Last Week's Ranking: Sixth

2. Carl Edwards: Edwards had to battle a loose race car and a bad stomach (thanks to his mom's cooking) to score a third-place finish in the Samsung Mobile 500. The finish moved him up in the rankings and back to the series points lead following a disappointing run at Martinsville Speedway the weekend prior. With the help of a bottle of Pepto Bismol, Edwards started second and was one of only two drivers (other being Clint Bowyer) to complete all 334 laps at Texas Motor Speedway while running in the top 15. Edwards, who has the best average finish (8.6) in the seven races this season, has a 22.1 average finish in 13 starts at Talladega Superspeedway.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.2
Point Standing: First
Last Week's Ranking: Fifth

3. Kyle Busch: Although he finished 16th in the Samsung Mobile 500, Busch continues to show the way in the season-to-date Loop Data statistics, including driver rating (114.3), average running position (9.1) and laps in the top 15 (1,966). Busch's day in Texas went bad on lap 210 when he had a loose left-rear wheel following a pitstop. Busch came up one lap shy of running all 334 laps, marking the first time this season he did not finish on the lead lap while running at the finish. Busch has had some success at Talladega Superspeedway, especially in the spring race where he has one win (2008) and a ninth-place finish last year.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 114.3
Point Standing: Second
Last Week's Ranking: Second

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Earnhardt Jr. followed up his second-place finish at Martinsville Speedway with a ninth-place finish in the Samsung Mobile 500. He moved up two positions in the standings to sixth with the run at Texas Motor Speedway and now has the sixth-best average finish (10.9) this season. Earnhardt, who has five wins at Talladega Superspeedway, has recorded two top 10s in six starts with Hendrick Motorsports there, including a second-place finish in the 2009 spring race.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.2
Point Standing: Sixth
Last Week's Ranking: Fourth

5. Kevin Harvick: Harvick posted his worst finish of the season in the Samsung Mobile 500. The Budweiser team struggled with the handling on the No. 29 Chevrolet in the race and didn't make up much ground after being trapped in the pits by other cars on their first two stops. Harvick wound-up finishing 20th, two laps down, and dropped four positions in the standings to ninth. Harvick will now look to make a move back up in the standings and the rankings at Talladega Superspeedway. Last year in the spring race at Talladega, Harvick went on to capture the win and then followed that up with a runner-up finish in the fall.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 87.5
Point Standing: Ninth
Last Week's Ranking: First

6. Clint Bowyer: Bowyer recorded his third consecutive top 10 of the season with a second-place finish in the Samsung Mobile 500. He was the only driver not to fall outside of the top 10 at anytime during the 334-lap race. Bowyer has combined to lead 135 laps (44 at Texas Motor Speedway) in the last two races and has jumped five positions in the standings to 12th in that span. This weekend Bowyer heads to Talladega Superspeedway as the latest winner there after leading 19 laps last fall.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.2
Point Standing: 12th
Last Week's Ranking: Seventh

7. Jimmie Johnson: Johnson dropped one position in the standings to third after finishing eighth in the Samsung Mobile 500. Johnson did not lead any laps at Texas Motor Speedway and has yet to do so 1.5-mile tracks this season. The team battled a loose race car during the race, but still brought home a top 10 after spending 247 of the 334 laps in the top 15. Johnson does have one win at Talladega Superspeedway (2006) and has finished in the top 10 in six of his last 10 starts.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.4
Point Standing: Fourth
Last Week's Ranking: Third

8. Paul Menard: Menard returns to the rankings after following his second top-five finish (fifth of career) of the season. He started 19th in the Samsung Mobile 500 and posted the most quality passes* (85) en route to a fifth-place finish. Menard, who moved up two spots in the standings to 11th, will make his second restrictor-plate start with Richard Childress this weekend following a top-10 run at Daytona International Speedway to kick off the season.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.2
Point Standing: 11th
Last Week's Ranking: NR

9. David Ragan: Ragan makes his first appearance in the Rankings after posting consecutive top 10s for the first time since 2008 when he scored three straight. Ragan started from the pole for the first time in his career and went on to post the third-best average running position (5.2) en route to a seventh-place finish in the Samsung Mobile 500. The No. 6 UPS team also spent the least amount of time on pit road (280.064 seconds) to help Ragan's effort in the 334-lap race. Ragan will now look to carry the momentum into Talladega Superspeedway, which is home to three of his 24 career top-10s.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 78.7
Point Standing: 17th
Last Week's Ranking: NR

10. Juan Pablo Montoya: Montoya dropped one position in the standings to eighth after finishing 13th in the Samsung Mobile 500. His 10.9 average finish in the seven races this season ranks eighth among all drivers. This weekend Montoya will head to one of his best tracks on the schedule based on his average finish of 14.8. In eight starts at Talladega, Montoya also has posted an average running position of 13.8.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 87.8
Point Standing: Eighth
Last Week's Ranking: Eighth

Off This Week: Jeff Gordon (was 9) and Ryan Newman (was 10).
Other Notable Drivers Making Moves in the Point Standings: Greg Biffle +2 to 18th; Marcos Amborse +3 to 19th; Brad Keselowski +3 to 22nd; Jeff Burton +3 to 25th.

* Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the top 15 while under a green flag.

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