Power Rankings

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson's dominating victory at Texas moved him past Matt Kenseth in this week's Power Rankings. (Photo: Getty Images)

The see-saw battle between Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth continued at Texas with Johnson's victory vaulting him to the top of the Chase standings and this week's Power Rankings:

1. Jimmie Johnson: We've seen Johnson turn in dominating performances throughout his brilliant career, but Sunday's butt-kicking in Texas may have been one of his most formidable. He led a staggering 255 laps on his way to back-to-back November Texas wins and a seven-point advantage in the Chase standings.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 110.0
Point Standings: 1st 
Previous Ranking: 2nd

2. Matt Kenseth: A valiant recovery from a speeding penalty on pit road earned Kenseth a fourth-place finish in Texas, but the bobble was enough to slip out of a tie for the Chase lead and hand him a seven-point deficit heading to Phoenix.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 111.2
Point Standings: 2nd 
Previous Ranking: 1st

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: He recorded his fifth second-place finish of the season and third in the last six outings Sunday to continue a strong run since blowing an engine to start the Chase back at Chicagoland Speedway.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.5
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 6th

4. Kyle Busch: A bounce off the wall at Texas didn't slow Busch, but a speeding penalty on pit road sure did. A 13th-place finish was all the Joe Gibbs Racing driver came home with from the Lone Star State.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.8
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 4th

5. Kevin Harvick: It looks as if third place in the final Chase standings is in sight for Harvick who is eyeing his fourth career Phoenix victory on Sunday.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.7
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 5th

6. Jeff Gordon: Hopes for a fifth title came crashing when Gordon blew a tire and pounded the wall Sunday. He fell to 69 points out of the lead and sixth in the standings,

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.7
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 3rd

7. Clint Bowyer: Bowyer's Chase starts have been more than mediocre, but he heads to Phoenix where he has only six career top 10 finishes in 16 starts.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.9
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 7th

8. Brad Keselowski: A year ago, Keselowski was in position to make his move that ultimately resulted in a Sprint Cup championship. This season, Kez is running out the schedule but at least putting up decent finishes down the stretch.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.5
Point Standings: 14th
Previous Ranking: 8th

9. Greg Biffle: So Biffle apologizes for the way he handled his issues with Jimmie Johnson after Martinsville but decides to risk JJ's shot at a title by giving him a 200 mph shot in the bumper at Texas. Talk about your mixed messages.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.3
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 9th

10. Joey Logano: The up-and-down Chase schedule was up again for Logano, who came home with a third-place finish in Texas.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.6
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: N/R

Dropped Out: Jamie McMurray

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