CUP: Pocono Power Rankings

Props to Joey Logano for a dominant victory in the Pocono 400 on Sunday, but it’s Jimmie Johnson who remains atop the Power Rankings for a second consecutive week.

This week’s list:

1. JIMMIE JOHNSON — The five-time champion rebounded from two pit-road speeding penalties and nearly wrecking in Turn 1 to post his third top-five finish in the last four points races. Last week: 1st.

2. MATT KENSETH — Best in class among the Blue Oval Boys at Pocono, Kenseth finished seventh and moved to the top of the points for the first time since Daytona. Last week: 2nd.

3. DALE EARNHARDT JR. — The No. 88 team played it safe on pit strategy, the end result being another top 10, but still no victory. Last week: 3rd.

4. DENNY HAMLIN — Once upon a time, Hamlin owned Pocono, but a fifth-place finish was still pretty good. Last week: 6th.

5. GREG BIFFLE — The Biff lost a cylinder and ended the race 24th, his third finish outside the top 10 in four races. Last week: 4th.

6. TONY STEWART — After a couple of rough finishes, Smoke rebounded with a third-place behind Logano and Mark Martin. Last week: 10th.

7. KEVIN HARVICK — One week after finishing second at Dover, Harvick slipped to 15th at Pocono. Last week: 5th.

8. MARTIN TRUEX JR. — Caught in an early crash not of his making, Truex struggled to finish 20th. Last week: 7th.

9. BRAD KESELOWSKI — All told, a pretty rough day for Keselowski, who finished 18th. But he moved into top 10 in points. Last week: 9th.

10. CLINT BOWYER — A quiet, efficient outing for Bowyer, who finished sixth in his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota. Last week: 11th.

11. KYLE BUSCH — Wow. Consecutive engine failures for Busch while his teammates finished first and fifth. Not good. Last week: 8th.

12. RYAN NEWMAN — By virtue of his 12th-place finish, Newman holds onto the second wild-card spot. Last week: 12th.

13. JOEY LOGANO — Props to Logano for winning his second career Cup race. Good timing, given that it’s his contract year. Last week: 17th.

14. CARL EDWARDS — An 11th-place run for Edwards, who now has gone nine consecutive races without a top five. Last week: 14th.

15. KASEY KAHNE — A blown tire ended Kahne’s string of seven consecutive top-10 finishes. Last week: 13th.

16. PAUL MENARD — Best in class among the Richard Childress Racing drivers, Menard finished ninth at Pocono. Last week: 16th.

17. MARK MARTIN — Old guys rule. Martin’s second-place finish was his best of the season. Last week: 20th.

18. MARCOS AMBROSE — The RPM driver was fast early and had a decent 13th-place finish. Last week: Unranked.

19. JEFF BURTON — Still looking for speed, Burton finished 15th. Last week: 19th.

20. ARIC ALMIROLA — After a great finish in Dover, 28th at Pocono was a huge disappointment for Almirola. Last week: 15th.

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