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NASCAR Horsepower Rankings

1. Matt Kenseth   Kenseth was the man to beat at Daytona for a second straight trip, although the fortunes of plate racing found him third by night’s end. Still, RFR is the team to beat on the plate tracks. 2. Jimmie Johnson   Johnson’s 2012 plate racing results: 42nd, 35th and 3...

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NASCAR Horsepower Rankings

1. Jimmie Johnson  Lost a shot at the win during the final restart in Kentucky when he picked up trash on his tires. Managed to rebound to sixth after a quick backslide, his 13th top 10 of the season. 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Was never a factor for the win at Kentucky, but ran cons...

NASCAR Horsepower Rankings

1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. We’ve said all along that Earnhardt’s consistency warranted the top spot, but a lack of any wins kept him from it. Well, the 143-race national nightmare is over, and Junior can now lead the way. 2. Jimmie Johnson Replace the engine and start in the rear of the fie...

NASCAR Horsepower Rankings

1. Greg Biffle   Found himself in roughly the same position at Talladega as he was in at Daytona ... which isn’t bad when you’re clicking off top 5s like it’s the ARCA Series. 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Doesn’t seem able to finish outside of the top 10 if he tries, but this is Dale E...

NASCAR Horsepower Rankings

by Matt Taliaferro 1. Greg Biffle  Cemented his status as the points leader with an impressive win in Texas. Biffle has yet to finish worse than 13th this season, and is looking forward to Kansas — one of his best tracks — this weekend. 2. Jimmie Johnson  Joins Biffle and the...

NASCAR Horsepower Rankings

by Matt Taliaferro 1. Greg Biffle  Biffle’s team was the one under the Roush Fenway banner that laid low during the offseason. The result has been third-place finishes across the board. Bristol is usually good to them, too. 2. Jimmie Johnson  It’s highly unlikely Chad Knaus’ ...

NASCAR Horsepower Rankings

by Matt Taliaferro Like every other NASCAR landing page on the web, Athlon Sports has a little fun each week ranking the drivers and teams of the Sprint Cup circuit. Our rankings go beyond how each finished the weekend prior and/or where they sit in the official championship standings. ...

NASCAR Horsepower Rankings

by Matt Taliaferro 1. Tony Stewart  It’s tough to rank Stewart ahead of Carl Edwards or vise versa, but Smoke gets the edge here because he’s throwing wins on the board — and that’s fun to watch. 2. Carl Edwards  His consistency — highlighted by consecutive runner-up showings...

NASCAR Horsepower Rankings

by Matt Taliaferro 1. Carl Edwards Talladega and Martinsville were the wild card tracks, and the two Edwards and crew were most apprehensive about. They went into ’Dega with a five-point lead and left Martinsville up eight. 2. Tony Stewart There is something to be said for a driver...

NASCAR Horsepower Rankings

by Matt Taliaferro 1. Carl Edwards No one driver wins the Chase at Talladega, but many lose it. Edwards did neither, which is a good thing for him. Expect top-10 runs from here on out. 2. Matt Kenseth Edwards’ teammate and the 2003 champ, Kenseth, sits just 14 points back in second. Bo...

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