CUP: Dover Power Rankings

With his dominating victory in the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at the Monster Mile, Jimmie Johnson vaults back to the top of the Power Rankings.

This week’s list:

1. JIMMIE JOHNSON — The five-time champion now has won three races in the last four weekends. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Is a sixth championship in the offing? Last week: 3rd.

2. MATT KENSETH — Clearly the class of the Roush Fenway Racing Fords, Kenseth posted his seventh top-five finish of the year, tied for the series high. Last week: 4th.

3. DALE EARNHARDT JR. — No, Junior didn’t win. But he finished fourth and moved to third in points, as his dream season continues. Last week: 5th.

4. GREG BIFFLE — As good as Roush Fenway Racing usually is at the Monster Mile, Biffle struggled to finish 11th, which was a disappointing result. He was off a little all weekend, Last week: 2nd.

5. KEVIN HARVICK — A great result for Harvick, who rallied from a bad pit stop to finish second to Johnson. It was Happy’s first top five since Auto Club Speedway. Last week: 9th.

6. DENNY HAMLIN — Dover is usually Hamlin’s worst track and this time out was no exception, as he finished 18th. Last week: 1st.

7. MARTIN TRUEX JR. — On the one hand, seventh was a solid result for Truex. On the other, he was expected to be faster. Last week: 8th.

8. KYLE BUSCH — At least Busch was fast before the engine let go in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Last week: 6th.

9. BRAD KESELOWSKI — Last week: 7th. Not a great run for Keselowski, but a 12th-place result did no harm.

10. TONY STEWART — Those two races Stewart won earlier this year suddenly seem like a very long time ago. Last week: 12th.

11. CLINT BOWYER — It was a nice day for Bowyer, who moves into the top 10 in points. Last week: 13th.

12. RYAN NEWMAN — After his 15th-place finish in Dover, Newman holds on to the final Chase spot for now. Last week: 14th.

13. KASEY KAHNE — For the first time in his career, Kahne has finished in the top 10 seven races in a row. Last week: 11th.

14. CARL EDWARDS — Now out of the top 10, Edwards is suddenly looking vulnerable after his 26th-place finish at Dover. Last week: 10th.

15. ARIC ALMIROLA — Wow, a great run for Almirola, who finished sixth, his best since Homestead last year. Last week: 16th.

16. PAUL MENARD — The Richard Childress Racing driver is relentlessly consistent, if not especially fast. Last week: 15th.

17. JOEY LOGANO — Although he faded a little late, Logano did well to finish eighth. Last week: 19th.

18. JEFF GORDON — Best car in the field and a 13th-place finish. The story of Gordon’s year. Last week: 18th.

19. JEFF BURTON — A blown engine left Burton frustrated and disappointed. Last week: 17th.

20. MARK MARTIN — Led 43 laps but finished 14th. Last week: 20th.

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