Keselowski mind-games his way to the top
1.âBrad Keselowski What has kept Keselowski and his team near the top of the Horsepower Rankings all season is the ability to win on most any style of track. To come out connecting in the Chase is big.
2.âJimmie Johnson Certainly, an argument could be made for Johnson to be No. 1. However, he got beat in a race he seemed to have in hand. Donât worry about this bunch, though â theyâll get theirs in the coming weeks.
3.âDenny Hamlin Mistakes like Hamlinâs team made (not getting the car full of fuel) are what turn top-5 runs into 16th-place finishes. It also costs teams championships.
4.âDale Earnhardt Jr. After a month of pre-Chase, live-fire testing, Earnhardtâs No. 88 team appears back to its fourth- to 10th-place ways. Is that good enough to win a title?
5.âClint Bowyer Follows up Richmond win with a 10th-place showing somewhere relatively near Chicago. Considering the last two monthsâ worth of performances, Bowyer and the boys may be getting overlooked.
6.âKasey Kahne Loudonâs July winner returns with the Chase lead in his sights. Like Bowyer, he may not be getting the credit he deserves for his pre-Chase surge.
7.âTony Stewart Look who appears to be rounding into form at just the right time. After a miserable month, Stewart clicks off a fourth at Richmond and a sixth to begin the Chase. Shouldnât we all see this coming?