By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone on November 6, 2012 | 9:30 A.M. EST
Jimmie Johnson has a seven-point lead in the standings with two races remaining. (Photo: Getty Images)
1. Jimmie Johnson: Added to his Chase lead with win number five of the season and his second career triumph at Texas Motor Speedway, but it was no walk in the park.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 111.1
Point Standings: First
Previous Ranking: First
2. Brad Keselowski: Battled back from a poor pit stop with both strategy and hard driving, only to come up one position short of adding another victory to his 2012 total.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.6
Point Standings: Second
Previous Ranking: Second
3. Clint Bowyer: Fell further behind the front two in the standings despite another top-10 outing in Texas.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.1
Point Standings: Third
Previous Ranking: Third
4. Denny Hamlin: Hamlin just keeps falling apart, following his Martinsville disappointment with another frustrating effort in Texas.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.3
Point Standings: Seventh
Previous Ranking: Fourth
5. Kasey Kahne: Bounced off the wall and then got swept up in a crash with Hendrick teammate Jeff Gordon to ruin his day in Texas and end any championship aspirations.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.8
Point Standings: Fourth
Previous Ranking: Fifth
6. Tony Stewart: Scored a top-10 finish in comeback fashion after a rough start in Texas thanks to an ill-handling car that got better as the race wore on.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.9
Point Standings: Ninth
Previous Ranking: Sixth
7. Jeff Gordon: First a tire issue and then the crash with Kahne was more than enough to add another sour chapter to the story of Gordon's 2012 campaign.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.7
Point Standings: Sixth
Previous Ranking: Seventh
8. Greg Biffle: Wasn't able to sweep Texas this year, but a good effort from Biffle that included an outside front row start followed by a top-10 finish.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.6
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: Eighth
9. Matt Kenseth: Drove another battered car home to a good finish as Kenseth managed a fourth-place result in a day that looked destined to be much worse at nearly the drop of the green flag.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.4
Point Standings: Fifth
Previous Ranking: 10th
10. Kyle Busch: Has been red hot during the Chase and capped an all-around excellent Texas weekend, that included good runs in the Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series, with a third-place AAA Texas 500 performance.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.1
Point Standings: 13th
Previous Ranking: N/R