Published May 19, 2013
Five-time became Four-Time Saturday night, as Jimmie Johnson became the only driver in NASCAR history to win the Sprint All-Star Race for the fourth time, fighting off the Busch brothers for a historic victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
That triumph moves Johnson atop the FOXSports.com/SPEED.com Power Rankings for this week.
This week’s list:
1. JIMMIE JOHNSON — What a night for Johnson, who wins his second consecutive all-star race and breaks a tie with the late Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon for most event victories. Yeah, he’s that good. Last week: 2.
2. MATT KENSETH — An uncharacteristically poor outing for Kenseth, who finished ninth and never was a factor all night long. Last week: 1.
3. KYLE BUSCH — For the second week in a row, Busch should have won but didn’t. This time, he got beat on pit road during the last stop. Still, a disturbing trend. Last week: 4.
4. DALE EARNHARDT JR. — There was no repeat of his rookie season, when Junior won the all-star race. That said, seventh wasn’t too bad. Last week: 5.
5. CARL EDWARDS — Fast early, Edwards looked like a potential winner but got bitten by bad pit strategy. Last week: 3.
6. KASEY KAHNE — It’s impressive how well Kahne runs when he’s not getting stuffed into the wall. He hoped for better than fourth. Last week: 9.
7. DENNY HAMLIN — Although he did not figure in the final outcome, Hamlin got better at the end of the race and finished sixth. Last week: 8.
8. KEVIN HARVICK — The former all-star winner found no magic on Saturday night, finishing mid-pack. Last week: 7.
9. CLINT BOWYER — Second after 40 laps, Bowyer faded badly and ended the night in 18th place. Last week: 6.
10. KURT BUSCH — Don’t look now, but Busch has greatly raised the performance of Furniture Row Racing. Could be a wild-card threat. Last week: 15.
11. JOEY LOGANO — Whoa, where did Logano come from? Second place was best in class for everyone not named Johnson. Last week: 20.
12. JEFF GORDON — The three-time all-star winner struggled much of the night, never running up front. Last week: 12.
13. GREG BIFFLE — Tough night for Biffle, who bounced off the wall and finished 15th. Last week: 10.
14. BRAD KESELOWSKI — Wow. Keselowski was out with a mechanical failure practically before the race began. Last week: 11.
15. RYAN NEWMAN — Although he was best in class among the Stewart-Haas Racing cars, 13th wasn’t a good finish for Newman. Last week: 16.
16. JAMIE MCMURRAY — By winning the Sprint Showdown, McMurray raced his way into the big race, where he finished eighth. Good night. Last week: 18.
17. RICKY STENHOUSE JR. — Runner-up in the Sprint Showdown moved Stenhouse into the main event, but once there, he struggled. Last week: 19.
18. ARIC ALMIROLA — He didn’t make the all-star race, but Almirola is still having great season. Last week: 13.
19. PAUL MENARD — Like Almirola, Menard didn’t advance beyond the Showdown. Last week: 14.
20. MARTIN TRUEX JR. — See Menard above. Last week: 17.
Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief of SPEED.com, Senior NASCAR Editor at RACER and a contributing Editor for TruckSeries.com. You can follow him online at twitter.com/tomjensen100.