2012-10-12 / Sports

Horesepower Rankings

Matt Kenseth 
ASP, Inc. Matt Kenseth ASP, Inc. 1. Brad Keselowski Keselowski has finished worse than ninth only once in the last 14 races. Sometimes it takes a little
luck to win a championship, and that’s what he got on Sunday in Talladega.
2. Jimmie Johnson The problem with riding in the back at Talladega: At some point you have to make a run to the front—
and that usually happens about the time things get crazy. He’ll settle for 17th and move on.
3. Jeff Gordon Gordon’s last seven results: third, second, second, 35th, third, second, second. That 35th came court e s y
of a stuck throttle in the first Chase race, effectively eliminating him from title contention.
4. Denny Hamlin The other problem with riding in the back at Talladega: Sometimes you never get the chance to make
your run to the front. Hamlin played it (too?) safe and finished 14th.
5. Clint Bowyer Like 24 other drivers, Bowyer was banging around in the pack with checkers in the air when it hit the
fan. A shot at the win turned into a 23rd-place showing, the worst of all 12 Chasers.
6. Kasey Kahne All things considered, Kahne’s 12th at ’Dega wasn’t too bad. He sits 36 points behind Keselowski in
the championship standings with one of his best tracks—Charlotte—on the docket.
7. Tony Stewart Give him credit for taking blame for the chaos that made highlight reels from “Good Morning Ameri c a ”
to “NBC Nightly News.” But wasn’t Stewart the driver who spoke out against blocking in the first place?
8. Kyle Busch Went from getting jilted out of a win in the short track classic All American 400 on Saturday night to
sliding through the junkyard en route to a third-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Junior is frustrated with plate racing these days? Wasn’t he the guy that championed the “pack style”
of plate racing? And if he hates it so much, why is he entered in the Nationwide race at Daytona in 2013?
10. Kevin Harvick Extended his top-15 streak to seven races despite being involved in the ’Dega destruction—which
speaks more to the amount of cars in the wreck ... and to Harvick’s good fortune.
11. Matt Kenseth Kenseth’s results on the plate tracks this season: First, third, third, first. Not bad.
12. Martin Truex Jr. His regular season average finish isn’t that much different than his Chase average. Others have stepped up.
13. Joey Logano Three consecutive top 10s come to a grinding, smokey, Talladega-induced end for Logano.
14. Greg Biffle One of the few drivers who advanced his position (sixth) due to the Big One.

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