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June 8, 2007 1:35 AM

Power Rankings: Pocono

Rank Prev Number Driver Notes
1 1 Denny Hamlin Another top 5. As if he needed any more confidence heading into the track he swept last year.
2 4 Matt Kenseth Finished 5th with an ill handling race car. I shudder to think of what's going to happen once the Killer Bees completely figure out the CoT.
3 2 Jimmie Johnson Was chopping down Martin Truex's lead until he blew a tire. Still, he finished 15th.
4 5 Jeff Gordon Ameriquest just lost another customer.
5 3 Tony Stewart 10 gallons of cascade white for that wall, Tony.
6 7 Carl Edwards He's led a lap in his last 3 races and he's a former winner at Pocono.
7 9 Jeff Burton Needed more chances to work on his car but he'll take a 12th after his nightmare at Lowes.
8 15 Martin Truex Jr. Last week, I said he was due for a breakout finish but I didn't mean he was due to outclass the field.
9 12 Mark Martin Think his fans are hoping Jeff Gordon's baby comes on a Sunday?
10 13 Ryan Newman God knows what he could have done with fresh tires. If not for his disastrous weekend at Lowes, he'd probably be in the Chase right now.
11 6 Jamie McMurray Best career finish at Pocono: 14th.
12 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Started 2nd, went from running with the big dogs to being trapped two laps down, finished 22nd and still got to go to victory lane. Funny how things work out.
13 16 Clint Bowyer Another potential winner if he had fresher tires. The Monster must have been hungry for rubber.
14 14 Kevin Harvick Since he won the All-Star race, he's been nowhere to be found. That might all change this week. He has 4 top 10s at Pocono.
15 11 Kyle Busch Wall repellent must be on back order.
16 17 Bobby Labonte The good finishes just keep on coming.
17 19 Greg Biffle Could be on the rebound after a 6th place finish at Dover.
18 10 Kurt Busch That parking spot he rented at Dover was pretty expensive.
19 22 Casey Mears Posted a 13th place finish after starting 41st.
20 23 David Ragan Never got his lap back but still got his best finish since Daytona. This will be his first Cup start at Pocono. He won an ARCA race there in 2005.
21 18 J.J. Yeley Just when you thought his luck was getting better, another DNF.
22 24 Juan Pablo Montoya Dark horse of the week. His road racing experience gives him an edge at Pocono. As long as he keep his paint attatched to his car.
23 20 David Stremme Forget about the outside of his car. David was just trying to keep from wrecking the inside of it.
24 NR Robby Gordon Robby Gordon was racing with Jeff Gordon. For position. When was the last time we saw that?
25 NR Kasey Kahne Finished 11th at Dover and finished 7th in the last race at Pocono.

Biggest Gain this week: Martin Truex Jr.: 15th to 8th

Biggest Drop this week: Kurt Busch: 10th to 18th

New This Week: Robby Gordon, Kasey Kahne

Dropped Out: Elliott Sadler, Michael Waltrip

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