By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on November 5, 2013 | 7:49 A.M. EST
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