Nascar Power Rankings: Martinsville

1 Jeff Gordon With a 4th place finish Gordon extended his points lead by 76 points over Kurt Busch. At Martinsville Gordon has 7 Grand Father clocks, but his last win happened in 2005. In 2008 at Martinsville Gordon led 147 laps and averaged 170 points per race. Gordon once owned this track but Jimmie Johnson is the person to beat now
0 Jeff Gordon
2 Kyle Busch With his 2nd win of the year under his belt Kyle Busch is already ahead of his wins total from last year. So how good is he? Well you’ll just have to wait until the real season starts in September when everybody takes it up a notch.
0 Kyle Busch
3 Kurt Busch At Atlanta I delivered on my big Kurt Busch Power Rankings jump and at Bristol I delivered on my mild Kurt Busch Bristol warning (Things have changed since he last won) to help people not become a prisoner of the moment.
+1 Kurt Busch
4 Jimmie Johnson Is Jimmie’s facial hair a distraction for the team? My guess is that if he would just shave it off the wins will come pouring in. At Martinsville Johnson will be the person to beat. In 14 career races at Martinsville Johnson has 5 wins, and 13 top tens.
+4 Jimmie Johnson
5 Clint Bowyer Clint Bowyer always manages to go under the radar. Even when I was writing my Power Rankings I knew someone was missing. Guess who it was. One of these days people (me, and everyone else) will start to take Bowyer more seriously. At least I don’t spell his name wrong anymore (inside joke).
+1 Clint Bowyer
6 Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth needs to find a little bit of racing luck because a team can’t live off early wins forever. Kenseth now is down to 10th place overall in the point standings.
-3 Matt Kenseth
7 Carl Edwards I just don’t think the magic is there for the 99 car this year. Performance wise this team is underperforming compared to last year but is this the real problem, or has the competition caught up?
-2 Carl Edwards
8 Denny Hamlin I knew Denny Hamlin would have a good day at Bristol. Martinsville will be the 1 year anniversary since Hamlin last won. If Hamlin ever wants to win a championship in his career then he needs to win at the intermediate tracks not just short tracks and flat tracks. At Martinsville in 7 races Hamlin has 1 win and 6 top tens
+3 Denny Hamlin
9 Tony Stewart It’s surprising that the 14 team didn’t finish better then 17th at Bristol. Stewart was almost my pick to win because of how strong he has performed historically over the years at the spring Bristol race. Expect Stewart to bounce back and get a top ten finish at Martinsville.
-2 Tony Stewart
10 Mark Martin Mark Martin has performed well every race this year but some sort of unfortunate luck has bitten him every step of the way until now. With his first top ten of the season at Bristol now he gets to head to NASCAR’s oldest track that is practically named after him.
+5 Mark Martin
11 Kevin Harvick How good was Kevin Harvick? I really don’t know. The early damage on his car didn’t look that bad (In a COT way); in fact it looked like Jeff Gordon’s car at Las Vegas which is far more dependent on aerodynamics then Bristol. Kurt Busch managed to recover from his similar setback.
-2 Kevin Harvick
12 Jeff Burton Jeff Burton had a good day at Bristol but I’m really starting to get worried about this teams Chase chances. The 31 team usually gets off to a fast start and then their performances drop off in the summer. Without a fast start this year how will this team make the Chase?
0 Jeff Burton
13 Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne makes his first appearance in my Power Rankings this week in my lucky 13th spot. Vickers sure didn’t last very long here. Statistically Kahne is only good every other year and last year was his good one. Can be break this trend?
NOT RATED Kasey Kahne
14 Dale Earnhardt Jr Dale Earnhardt Jr once again retains his position in the 14th spot. Martinsville is a very good track for Junior and he has 9 career top ten finishes here. In 2008 he lead 146 laps and averaged 165 points per race at this old track.
0 Dale Earnhardt Jr
15 Greg Biffle Greg Biffle had another bad day at Bristol and finished 39th. The engine on the 16 went sour and it was a big early season hit on this teams Chase chances. Martinsville is not Greg’s best track and I would strongly encourage looking elsewhere for your fantasy rosters this weekend.
-5 Greg Biffle