By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on November 19, 2013 | 7:50 A.M. EST
Jimmie Johnson finished with six wins, 16 top-five finishes and 24 top-10 finishes in 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson ended the season with a sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship as well as finishing on top of the mountain in the Power Rankings:
1. Jimmie Johnson: Had to make a near-miraculous save on a late restart to keep the No. 48 car heading in the right direction. He has six championships in eight seasons and shows no signs of slowing his march to shatter NASCAR history.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 110.3
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st
2. Matt Kenseth: The wheels fell off Kenseth's championship wagon in Phoenix. Although he was more than competitive in Homestead, it was too late. Kenseth still had a career year in his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing and is an immediate contender for the 2014 crown.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 110.9
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 2nd
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Challenged for the lead a couple of times and brought the Homestead crowd to its feet when he worked his way to the front. Faded late but a third-place finish caps a very impressive season.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.5
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 4th
4. Kevin Harvick: Lots of adjustments and pit strategy had to be incorporated Sunday just for Harvick to come home 10th in the season finale. Ends his last season with Richard Childress Racing with strong results and will attempt to carry those over to Stewart-Haas Racing.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.9
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 3rd
5. Kyle Busch: Rallied to finish seventh to cap a pretty good season. He wasn't able to mount a serious charge for the title but proved to be competitive during the Chase. Now the question is can he do it again and then some in 2014.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.9
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 5th
6. Brad Keselowski: The 2012 Sprint Cup champ did an impressive job of getting his act together in the second half of the season and turned in a number of solid performances during the Chase.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.4
Point Standings: 14th
Previous Ranking: 7th
7. Jeff Gordon: Last year's Homestead winner didn't come close to repeating and nearly wadded up the field and the championship picture on a late restart. Gordon showed he still has some spark left in the tank, but there's a long way to go before he truly can be considered a legitimate contender for the 2014 crown.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.5
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 6th
8. Joey Logano: A top-10 finish for the newly engaged Logano was how the 2013 season ended for the Penske Racing driver. Overall, Logano exceeded a number of people's expectations in his first season running for Roger Penske.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.2
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 8th
9. Clint Bowyer: The most controversial year of his racing season came to a close with a stealth-like fifth place finish in Homestead. Bowyer has to hope the offseason can serve as a cleansing process before the start of the 2014 campaign.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.5
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 9th
10. Greg Biffle: Wound up the season inside the top 10 of the point standings despite ending with a 24th-place dud at Homestead, a track he once dominated. Room for improvement for this team in 2014 to be sure.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.0
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 10th