CUP: Dover Power Rankings

With his fifth victory of the season and second in three races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Brad Keselowski moves back atop the Power Rankings.

The new list, following Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway:

1. BRAD KESELOWSKI — Kyle Busch dominated, but Keselowski and crew chief Paul Wolfe played the fuel mileage game to perfection to score a huge victory. Last week: 3rd.

2. JIMMIE JOHNSON — A fourth-place finish was Johnson’s worst so far in the Chase, but he’s still in very good shape, Chase-wise, as he trails Keselowski by five points. Last week: 1st.

3. DENNY HAMLIN — On the one hand, Hamlin got a top 10 at what he says is his worst track. On the other hand, he lost critical ground in the points. Will a lack of fuel mileage haunt him again? Last week: 2nd.

4. CLINT BOWYER — Another top-10 for Bowyer, but his performance was only good, not great. Thought he might have finished better. Last week: 6th.

5. JEFF GORDON — For the fifth time in six races, Gordon finished second or third. And he’s still pretty much out of championship contention. Last week: 7th.

6. DALE EARNHARDT JR. — An early caution during a cycle of green-flag stops meant Junior was a lap down for almost all of the race. Did well to finish 11th. Last week: 8th.

7. TONY STEWART — The three-time and defending champion said he was worried about this race. Turns out he had good reason. Last week: 5th.

8. KASEY KAHNE — Two disastrous pit stops killed a sure top five for Kahne and maybe his title chances. Last week: 4th.

9. KYLE BUSCH — Would’a, could’a, should’a. How the hell did Busch and this team miss the Chase? Last week: 15th.

10. MARTIN TRUEX JR. — An excellent run for Truex, who finished sixth. Last week: 11th.

11. KEVIN HARVICK — Bottom line? Harvick’s cars simply aren’t fast enough for him to race with the Hendrick and Gibbs cars. Last week: 9th.

12. GREG BIFFLE — A tire problem killed any chances of a good finish for Biffle, who is in deep trouble in the Chase. Last week: 9th.

13. MATT KENSETH — A broken track bar and a crash meant a hugely disappointing finish at one of Kenseth’s best tracks. Last week: 10th.

14. RYAN NEWMAN — It was not a good day for any of the Stewart-Haas cars, as Newman finished three laps down. Last week 10th.

15. JOEY LOGANO — Tenth for Logano was OK, but he was behind both his teammates all day. Last week: 14th.

16. MARK MARTIN — Even on a part-time schedule, Martin’s still better than a lot of the drivers out there as he showed with a third-place run. Last week: Unranked.

17. CARL EDWARDS — The last time Edwards finished in the top five? At Auto Club Speedway in the spring. Last week: 18th.

18. PAUL MENARD — Still stuck in the neverland of 15th-20th place, Menard needs more speed, just like his teammates. Last week: 16th.

19. MARCOS AMBROSE — Ran about where he ranks here, as Ambrose had an afternoon that was OK, but nothing more. Last week: 19th.

20. JEFF BURTON — The entire Richard Childress Racing organization continues to look lost. Last week: 20th.

Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief of, Senior NASCAR Editor at RACER and a contributing Editor for You can follow him online at