NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 18
July 12, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
Note: the quotes in this article are fictional.
1. Tony Stewart — Stewart zoomed past the Roush Fenway duo of Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle to win the Coke Zero 400, Stewart's fourth Coke Zero win and 18th overall at Daytona. Stewart started 40th and slowly but surely worked his way to the front as the night wore on.
"I hit all my marks," Stewart said, "and I've never failed a drug test. You could say 'I've minded my P's and cues."
"I knew I had to separate the Kenseth/Biffle tandem, and I did so. Apparently, Joe Gibbs isn't the only one able to split up Roush Fenway teammates."
2. Matt Kenseth — Kenseth started on the pole at Daytona and nearly held on for the wire-to-wire finish. But Tony Stewart's last-lap pass spoiled Kenseth's ambitions, although he held on for the runner-up spot and extended his points lead to 25 over Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
"Tony ran a heck of a race," Kenseth said. "Apparently, A.J. Allmendinger isn't the only one 'Smoking' in NASCAR."