NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 21
August 8, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
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1. Jimmie Johnson — Johnson led heading to a lap 91 restart, but got loose upon accelerating and slid into the path of Matt Kenseth. Denny Hamlin slammed into Kenseth while Jeff Gordon took the lead. Ran ended the race two laps later, and Johnson was left with a disappointing 14th-place finish.
"I'll be thinking about this one for awhile," Johnson said. "Call it a 'Long Pond-er.'
"It was a mistake on my part. We knew the rain was coming; I just lost control when it counted. Obviously, I don't work as well under clouds of suspicion as Chad Knaus."
2. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. — Earnhardt was strong early at Pocono, leading 17 laps before transmission problems surfaced on lap 50. He eventually finished 32nd, 18 laps down to the leaders, but remained atop the Sprint Cup point standings, five ahead of Matt Kenseth.
"I'm still on top of the points," Earnhardt said, "thanks to a lengthy downpour. Ironically, the absence of a short-lived rain prevented a short-lived reign.
"In the business, we call a transmission a 'tranny.' We call a funny-sounding tranny 'Michael Waltrip.' And the No. 88 sounded a lot like Michael on Sunday."
3. Tony Stewart — Stewart posted his ninth top-five finish of the year with a fifth in the rain-shortened Pennsylvania 400. He is sixth in the points standings, 53 out of first.