NASCAR Power Rankings: Denny Hamlin sits on top

Budweiser Duel 1

Week #: Preseason

1 Denny Hamlin 0 0 0/0 Denny Hamlin won both the Sprint Unlimited and Budweiser Duel #2. He Is coming off a win at the season finale at Homestead. Hamlin also is coming off a back injury that took him out of contention for much of last season.
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 0 0 0/0 Dale Jr. showed a strong qualifying effort during Daytona 500 qualifying. Although it may be early to say much about Jr., combine his fast car with his talent at restrictor plate tracks, and he will be a force to be reckoned with.
3 Matt Kenseth 0 0 0/0 Matt Kenseth won a career high seven races last season. Kenseth is a strong competītor at restrictor plate tracks and won Budweiser Duel #1.
4 Jimmie Johnson 0 0 0/0 Three words for Jimmie Johnson: Six-Time-Champion
5 Kevin Harvick 0 0 0/0 Kevin Harvick won races last season with RCR even knowing he was leaving to join new team, SHR.
6 Kurt Busch 0 0 0/0 Kurt Busch showed how well he could drive last season with Furniture Row. Now he comes aboard Stewart Haas Racing. He is also starting 8th on Sunday.
7 Greg Biffle 0 0 0/0 Greg Biffle showed speed at Daytona 500 qualifying. Biffle is pretty good at tracks like Daytona.
8 Kyle Busch 0 0 0/0 Kyle Busch didn’t qualify great… but when did that matter all that much at Daytona anyways?
9 Jeff Gordon 0 0 0/0 Jeff Gordon says if he wins the Sprint Cup Title that he may retire. Would be a nice way to end a career.
10 Tony Stewart 0 0 0/0 Tony Stewart is back.. but is he really back?
11 Carl Edwards 0 0 0/0 Carl is starting 30th, but we will see if he can make something happen with Roush teammate Biffle, or perhaps Ricky Stenhouse Jr.?
12 Brad Keselowski 0 0 0/0 The 2012 Sprint Cup Champ is looking for redemption this season.
13 Clint Bowyer 0 0 0/0 If Clint Bowyer can land a perfect 360, he is surely capable of coming out on top at Daytona.
14 Kasey Kahne 0 0 0/0 Another of the Hendrick drivers that should have a strong season.
15 Joey Logano 0 0 0/0 Logano is coming off a pretty good season
16 Martin Truex Jr. 0 0 0/0 New team. Time to shine?
17 Austin Dillon 0 0 0/0 This young gun claimed the pole for the Great American Race.
18 Brian Vickers 0 0 0/0 Vickers is competing full time this year. His numbers looked good last season, we expect to see a lot out of him this season.
19 Ryan Newman 0 0 0/0 Newman is finally on a team where he is numero uno. Not the third driver. Not the second driver. The first.
20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0 0 0/0 Now that he has a full season under his belt, I expect Stenhouse to have a break out, and get his first series win.

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