NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 20
August 2, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
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1. Jimmie Johnson — Johnson led 99 of 160 laps at Indianapolis, powering to the win in the Brickyard 400, his fourth career Brickyard triumph. He remained fourth in the Sprint Cup point standings, 27 behind Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
"That ties me with Jeff Gordon for most Brickyard wins," Johnson said. "And I'm getting awfully cozy with the bricks. One more win at Indy, and they'll have to start calling me the 'Brick-layer.' And much like a brick, my championship aspirations have been 'solidified' in concrete."
2. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. — Earnhardt posted his ninth top-five finish of the year with a fourth at Indianapolis, and ascended to the top of the point standings. He leads Matt Kenseth by 14 as the series heads to Pocono for Sunday's Pennsylvania 400.
"It's great o finally be atop the point standings," Earnhardt said. "To quote Jeremy Mayfield, 'I can't get any higher.'
"Lately, there's been a lot of talk about A.J. Allmendinger's 'A' sample and 'B' sample. But let me tell you about some other samples that, like Allmendinger's, always turn out positive. Those are the urine tests of the people of Junior Nation, whose 'E' samples never fail."