Johnson Remains Atop Power Rankings

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson remains the leader of the pack in the Power Rankings after his Indy performance. (Photo Getty Images)

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Jimmie Johnson came up one spot short of becoming a five-time Brickyard 400 winner, but he has more than enough going to stay on top of this week's Power Rankings:

 

1. Jimmie Johnson: The reality is without a few late-race mistakes and miscalculations, Johnson easily could have eight wins this season. A fumble Sunday on pit road was the latest example of his team letting one slip through its fingers this season.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 115.7
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st

 

2. Matt Kenseth: While his former Ford teammates continued the Blue Oval’s trend of struggling at Indianapolis, Kenseth found his way to the front and turned in very respectable fifth-place Brickyard 400 finish.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 111.9
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

 

3. Kevin Harvick: Was never in the picture at Indy, somewhat surprising for the former Brickyard 400 winner. But Harvick and company still feel pretty good about where they are during the summer stretch and are eyeing a comeback this weekend in Pocono.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.9
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 3rd

 

4. Kyle Busch: Admitted after kicking the snot out of the field in Saturday's Indianapolis Nationwide Series race that he didn't feel anywhere as positive about his Sprint Cup effort. Busch wasn't terrible Sunday by any means and managed a 10th-place Brickyard finish.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.5
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 4th

 

5. Clint Bowyer: The best performance by Bowyer in the last two weeks was his TV appearance on Speed Channel’s Eldora truck race telecast. Bowyer fans shouldn't worry about their hero falling out of Chase contention but things need to pick up in the next few weeks to settle down some nervousness around the team.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.2
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 5th

 

6. Carl Edwards: A 13th-place Brickyard 400 performance was the best from Roush Fenway Racing, but Edwards has been mired in mediocrity for what seems like an eternity. Pocono and Michigan over the next three weeks should give the 99 team an opportunity to show they have something capable of contending for more than inside the first 15 finishers every week.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.6
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 6th

 

7. Kurt Busch: We'll give Busch a mulligan in Indianapolis after what has been a sensational summer so far for the Furniture Row Racing. He had a much faster car than his 14th-place finish shows and the team must capitalize better on opportunities.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.5
Point Standings: 14th
Previous Ranking: 7th

 

8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Rebounded from what could have been a disastrous day in Indianapolis when a loose wheel sent Junior to pit road on lap 13. But after that setback, Junior set sail for the front of the field and more pit road strategy helped him come home with a 6th-place effort.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.9
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 9th

 

9. Martin Truex Jr.: Only his Sonoma victory has kept Truex inside the Power Rankings. Even though the Michael Waltrip Racing driver currently holds one of the two WIld Card spots, the performance has been anything but championship-caliber since the Sonoma win last month.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.1
Point Standings: 12th
Previous Ranking: 8th

 

10. Tony Stewart: A pretty eventful week for Smoke, even if 99 percent of NASCAR fans disagree with his assessment that racing doesn't necessarily mean passing. He was able to make up one spot Sunday in Indianapolis where Stewart started 5th and finished 4th in the Brickyard 400.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 78.2
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: 10th

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