Power Rankings

Greg Biffle

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Greg Biffle holds the top spot in the Power Rankings after the first 10 races of the season. (Photo: Getty Images)

1. Greg Biffle: Came home with a top-five finish although could have potentially won the race had the drafting dance worked out differently at the end. Still leading the Sprint Cup point standings after 10 races.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.4
Point Standings: First
Previous Ranking: First

2. Matt Kenseth: Nearly added a second restrictor plate race win to his resume to go along with Kenseth’s Daytona 500 victory. Got steamrolled by the Brad Keselowski-Kyle Busch tandem on the final Talladega restart.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.6
Point Standings: Second
Previous Ranking: Fifth

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Got shuffled back in the last laps run to the checkered flag and was forced to settle for a ninth-place Talladega finish, disappointing given Earnhardt’s high hopes to end his winless drought coming into the weekend.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.5
Point Standings: Third
Previous Ranking: Third

4. Denny Hamlin: The Joe Gibbs Racing driver turned in a pretty impressive performance just to rally himself from a deep hole back into contention, but got caught in a late restart accident with A.J. Allmendinger to end his day.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.8
Point Standings: Fourth
Previous Ranking: Fourth

5. Jimmie Johnson: The restrictor plate program for the No. 48 Hendrick team has been a disaster so far this season. An engine malfunction gave Johnson a second DNF to go along with his Daytona 500 effort.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.4
Point Standings: Eighth
Previous Ranking: Second

6. Martin Truex Jr.: Couldn’t survive the day’s first multi-car accident as Truex Jr. was collected in the third turn melee triggered when Aric Almirola ran out of fuel. Truex Jr.’s dream season has turned nightmarish of late.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.3
Point Standings: Sixth
Previous Ranking: Sixth

7. Tony Stewart: Stewart’s day ended in frustration and disappointment when he was knocked out of Talladega with a late race crash. Judging by Smoke’s post-race comments, he’s not exactly looking forward to the next restrictor plate race.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.8
Point Standings: Seventh
Previous Ranking: Seventh

8. Kyle Busch: Wasn’t able to follow his Richmond victory with a repeat trip to Victory Lane. Busch wound up pushing Keselowski to the checkered flag and was frustrated with not being able to get around the Blue Deuce for the win.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.8
Point Standings: Ninth
Previous Ranking: 10th

9. Kevin Harvick: Another rough day for the Richard Childress Racing driver who joined the long list of drivers involved in the day’s several accidents.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.1
Point Standings: Fifth
Previous Ranking: Eighth

10. Brad Keselowski: Virtually assured himself of a Chase spot with a second win of the season, which should be good enough for at least a wild card entry. Slowly becoming one of the sport's powerhouses and appears poised for several more trips to Victory Lane and a championship run in 2012.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.6
Point Standings: 12th
Previous Ranking: N/R

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