Power Rankings

Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski claimed the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Season-to-Date Driver Ratings

1. Brad Keselowski: Raise your hand if you had Keselowski as the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion before the season kicked off. Probably not too many hands up in the air as the underdog pulled off this year's title run.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.0
Point Standings: First
Previous Ranking: First

2. Jimmie Johnson: Johnson had trouble down the stretch to take him out of contention for a sixth championship with both Phoenix and Homestead combining to knock out the Hendrick driver.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.5
Point Standings: Third
Previous Ranking: Second

3. Clint Bowyer: A very impressive first year at Michael Waltrip Racing ended with a second-place finish in the Sprint Cup Series point standings.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.5
Point Standings: Second
Previous Ranking: Third

4. Denny Hamlin: Overall a disappointing season for Hamlin, who at one time appeared ready to mount a serious championship drive.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.9
Point Standings: Sixth
Previous Ranking: Fourth

5. Kyle Busch: Led a race-high 191 laps Sunday at Homestead but was not able to come away with the victory. Sort of the story of Busch's season.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.5
Point Standings: 13th
Previous Ranking: Sixth

6. Kasey Kahne: A decent first year at Hendrick Motorsports for Kahne, who rebounded from a rough start to the season.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.3
Point Standings: Four
Previous Ranking: Fifth

7. Tony Stewart: Nothing close to last year's thrilling championship run for Stewart, who ended the year with a whimper in Homestead and a 17th-place finish.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.1
Point Standings: Ninth
Previous Ranking: Seventh

8. Greg Biffle: Had a better regular season than Chase and Biffle is still trying to add a Cup title to his Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series championships.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.5
Point Standings: Fifth
Previous Ranking: Eighth

9. Jeff Gordon: Put an exclamation mark on a controversial week by following up last Sunday's Phoenix controversy with a second trip to Victory Lane.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.0
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: 10th

10. Matt Kenseth: Will now leave Roush Fenway Racing for the next phase of his career at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.9
Point Standings: Seventh
Previous Ranking: Ninth

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