By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on October 1, 2013 | 9:37 A.M. EST
Jimmie Johnson's victory at Dover was good enough to vault him to No. 1 in this week's Power Rankings. (Photo: Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson made history Sunday with his eighth career victory at Dover International Speedway and climbed back on top of the Power Rankings as well:
1. Jimmie Johnson: Pretty impressive when you can top Richard Petty in any NASCAR category, but that's just what Johnson did Sunday with his record-breaking eighth Dover victory. He also made a statement he's very much in contention for a sixth championship.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.8
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 3rd
2. Matt Kenseth: Led some laps but fought an ill-handling racecar in the closing laps and Kenseth could only finish seventh in Dover. He saw his points lead dwindle after that performance and Johnson’s win.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 111.0
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st
3. Kyle Busch: Also a victim of handling challenges. Busch muscled his car home to a fifth-place finish. He's still off to a very impressive Chase start with finishes of second, second and fifth.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.9
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 2nd
4. Kevin Harvick: A sixth-place finish lost in the dominating performance by Johnson. Harvick's been consistent but needs to step up his game if there's any hope of joining the top three.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.6
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 4th
5. Jeff Gordon: Might have been able to pull off a fuel-mileage win had the race finished under green. Still, Gordon had a solid day at the "Monster Mile" with a fourth-place finish.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.9
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 7th
6. Joey Logano: Better day for Logano in Dover than his first two Chase outings. He's out of the title picture, but Logano certainly can win a race or two before the season comes to an end.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.3
Point Standings: 12th
Previous Ranking: 9th
7. Greg Biffle: Another decent day but certainly not good enough to cut into the points story. Has a chance to make some noise in the next two weeks at Kansas and Charlotte.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.6
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 8th
8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Rebounded from missing pit road early to nearly run down Jimmie Johnson for the race lead. Still, after a blown engine to start the Chase at Chicagoland, a pair of top-10 finishes are welcomed relief for Earnhardt.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.9
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: N/R
9. Ryan Newman: Nothing spectacular but a steady day after qualifying well. Paired with some others having problems, it was good enough for Newman to break into the Power Rankings.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.4
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: N/R
10. Clint Bowyer: A 10th-place finish and the support of sponsor 5-hour Energy saying they would not leave the team must have felt like a winning weekend for the embattled driver.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.7
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 10th
Dropped Out: Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards