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NASCAR: Power Rankings Heading Into Daytona

Each and every week Beyond The Flag will bring you weekly NASCAR Power Rankings. Be sure to check in every week to see if your favorite driver made the list. This is how things stack up coming out of Kentucky Speedway and the Quaker State 400.

Ranking
Driver
Wins
Change
Last finish
Comments
1.Brad Keselowski2↑51stThe only thing that went wrong for Keselowski was the stitches and the cut hand.
2.Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2---5thAnother solid top-five for JR and the No. 88 team.
3.Jeff Gordon1↓16thA mistake in the pits cost Gordon at least a top-five finish. After the race he wasn't happy about finishing 6th.
4.Kevin Harvick2↑17thHarvick's crew was up and down. The No. 4 team needs to stay up when it comes time for the chase.
5.Jimmie Johnson3↓210thEvery time that Johnosn would drive through the field he would get around 10th place and stall. He finished in 10th place.
6.Joey Logano2↑29thLogano seemed destined to finish in second until he lost his engine late.
7.Kasey Kahne0↑38thKahne and the No. 5 team are finding consistency, now all they need to do is win.
8.Carl Edwards2↓417thEdwards and Kentucky didn't really mix on Saturday night.
9.Matt Kenseth0↑54thTrouble early put Kenseth in a hole. He and the No. 20 team responded well. Kenseth most likely will not need a win to make the chase.
10.
Paul Menard0↓115thA nice top-15 run for Menard who has been hot as of late.
11.Clint Bowyer0↓523rdAfter some nice top-10 runs Bowyer and company fell off a bit in Kentucky.
12.Kurt Busch1---12thJust outside of the top-10 for Busch whose only job is to stay in the top-30 in points over the next nine races.
13.Tony Stewart0---11thGood run for Stewart but he and his teams need to win races.
14.Kyle Busch1N/A2ndThere were just too many laps left for Busch to hold off Keselowski.
15.Ryan Newman0N/A3rdNewman was in the top-five all night but he never seemed strong enough to challenge the No. 2 car.

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