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Cale Edwards moves into the weekly Power Rankings after claiming his first Sprint Cup Series win since 2011. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

Jimmie Johnson remains atop the weekly Motor Racing Network Power Rankings after his second-place finish to Carl Edwards at Phoenix International Raceway.

1. Jimmie Johnson: Followed his Daytona 500 win with a second-place finish in Phoenix, although not happy about the final restart.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 126.3
Point Standings: First
Previous Ranking: First

2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Felt like he had a car capable of winning, but pit road issues took "Junior" from contention in Phoenix.  Still, he's started the season on a strong note.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.8
Point Standings: Second
Previous Ranking: Second

3. Brad Keselowski: Pushed Edwards on the final restart at Phoenix to help his fellow Ford driver win on Sunday, but the defending series champ had a pretty strong car of his own all day.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.6
Point Standings: Third
Previous Ranking: Fourth

4. Denny Hamlin: Went from 43rd to third in Phoenix but is still not a fan of the new Gen-6 Sprint Cup car at this point.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.1
Point Standings: Fourth
Previous Ranking: Ninth

5. Clint Bowyer: Had some pit road challenges of his own but was still able to have a decent day in Phoenix.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.5
Point Standings: Fifth
Previous Ranking: Eighth

6. Greg Biffle: Many thought he'd be much more of a factor in Phoenix than it turned out for "The Biff," who watched his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards go to Victory Lane.

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

7. Mark Martin: Won the pole and had a strong run early in Phoenix before running out of steam in the second half of the race.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.7
Point Standings: Seventh
Previous Ranking: Third

8. Jeff Gordon: Was not a factor in race No. 2 two of the season.  Needs to rebound this weekend in Las Vegas.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.7
Point Standings: Eighth
Previous Ranking: N/A

9. Carl Edwards: Not only ended his two-year winless drought with the Phoenix victory but got a much-needed shot of confidence as well.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.8
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: N/A

10. Matt Kenseth: Doesn't have the finishes to show for it, but Kenseth has been pretty stout in his opening two starts for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.9
Point Standings: Ninth
Previous Ranking: 10th

Dropped From This Week's Rankings: Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick

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