Power Rankings: The FedEx 400 From Dover

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After an exciting Sunday of racing which saw this author attend his 38th consecutive Indianapolis 500, summer feels like it is officially underway!  The Power Rankings for the FedEx 400 from Dover  are below:

A note about this week’s honorable mentions:  I usually will not repeat a driver in that slot – they either need to step up and earn a “regular” spot in the top 10 or else fall down and not be worthy of a mention.  My reasons for this week’s repeats I feel are compelling, and are outlined below.

New to the list this week:  19

Dropping off the list this week:  48

Honorable Mention

(Last Week: NR) – Kyle has now competed successfully two weeks in a row to show that he appears fine physically.  Breaking into the top 10 finishers would go a long way to include him on the “real” list. . No. 18. Joe Gibbs Racing. KYLE BUSCH. HM

GREG BIFFLE. HM. (Last Week: NR) – This is the best showing by a RFR driver in quite some time, but one 2nd place finish doesn’t break you in to the top 10 considering the strength of the weekly players in that group.  Consistent finishes like this do, though.  . No. 16. Roush-Fenway Racing

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Power Rankings

CARL EDWARDS. #10. (Last Week: NR) – Winning a race goes a long way to getting you on the list.  Winning NASCAR’s longest one goes even further.  Whatever that sticky goo was on your shoe early in the race, you might want to bottle that up and bring it to Dover this week too.. No. 19. Joe Gibbs Racing

#9. (Last Week: 9) – Joey actually used the phrase “back in the day” during an interview this week.  Son, you just turned 25…. I have a pair of jeans older than you are.  You don’t get to use that phrase yet.  Oh wait – you must have meant back in the day when people who qualified 2nd actually maintained that spot during the race and didn’t fall back.  I see.  . No. 22. Team Penske. JOEY LOGANO

#8. (Last Week: 8) – Last week you were 8th.  You finished 8th in the race.  This week you’re ranked 8th.  See how this works?. No. 11. Joe Gibbs Racing. DENNY HAMLIN

#7. (Last Week: 10) – Your new daughter needs daddy to sign over the $172,911 paycheck to her right now.  Get used to it.. No. 2. Team Penske. BRAD KESELOWSKI

#6. (Last Week: 3) – Jeff should have stayed in Indianapolis.  That was the only look he got this weekend of leading a race.. No. 24. Hendrick Motorsports. JEFF GORDON

#5. (Last Week: 7) – Got a plane to catch, Matt?  You were looking anywhere but into the camera during your post-race comments on FOX.  You could have at least acknowledged your teammate Edwards’ victory.  JGR isn’t all about you.  . No. 20. Joe Gibbs Racing. MATT KENSETH

#4. (Last Week: 6) – You need to get Allmendinger, Patrick and your boss Stewart and all go do the Indy/Charlotte double one of these years.  Each of you has already competed in both races.  Realistically, it would never happen, but it might be a great story.  Take your Chevrolets with you, though… the Hondas are junk up there.. No. 41. Stewart-Haas Racing. KURT BUSCH

Hendrick Motorsports. DALE EARNHARDT, JR.. #3. (Last Week: 4) – He’s in the chase and admittedly wants to gamble to win races and isn’t concerned about points.  Be careful – at the rate we’re going, we could have more than 16 race winners come Chase time, and then points will matter.  Love the aggressiveness, though.. No. 88

(Last Week: 5) – Poor guy cannot catch a break.  He led 131 laps on Sunday night and might have won if he didn’t have to save fuel.  That’s solid enough for me to move him up.. No. 78. Furniture Row Racing. MARTIN TRUEX, JR.. #2

KEVIN HARVICK. #1. (Last Week: 1) – Jimmie was your closest rival to the top of the list, and he mailed it in this week, so you’re safe for now.  That black No. 78 is getting larger in your mirror, though.. No.4. Stewart-Haas Racing

Did your favorite driver make the list?  If not, who above would you replace to get them in? Discuss below!