May 20, 2009

Week 22 Unified Power Rankings

With all the major series taking last week off from points' paying races, this week's Unified Power Rankings were reorganized by two factors. First, the Camping World Truck Series raced under the lights at Lowe's, which allowed their top contenders to make up a little ground in the standings, and the All-Star race was run the following night.

Secondly, since the Unified Power Rankings looks at only the last three months, the Daytona Speedweek races are aging off this list. Drivers who peaked in the first race of the season are falling by the wayside.

Tony Stewart earned his first victory as an owner/driver and that allowed him to make up some ground on the Formula 1 giants at the top of the standings. However, their advantage is too great, so Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello continue to dominate the first two spots. Each of these drivers should be anchoring your fantasy roster in their respective games.

Kurt Busch's solid third-place—combined with Jeff Gordon's accident in the All-Star race—caused those two drivers to swap positions four and five. Since Busch is a lesser value in most fantasy games, however, his worth on fantasy owners' rosters takes an even greater leap.

Truck driver James Buescher earned his fifth consecutive top-15 in that series to make him a solid mid-range pick while he climbs onto this list for the first time in 2009. Meanwhile, Cup regular Martin Truex Jr. failed to advance from the Sprint Showdown and now hovers on the cusp of falling outside the top 50.

Unified Power Rankings

RankDriverPointsLast week+/-
1Jenson Button107.8010
2Rubens Barrichello96.0020
3Tony Stewart91.5030
4Kurt Busch88.7351
5Jeff Gordon87.824-1
6Jason Leffler87.4471
7Denny Hamlin84.506-1
8Jimmie Johnson83.3680
9Ryan Newman82.93101
10Ron Hornaday Jr82.60111
11Timo Glock81.609-2
12Kyle Busch80.04131
13Jeff Burton78.8212-1
14Mark Webber78.40140
15Carl Edwards77.55150
16Sebastian Vettel77.20171
17Brad Keselowski76.79236
18Greg Biffle74.8616-2
19Matt Kenseth74.7518-1
20Matt Crafton74.00277
21Fernando Alonso73.80210
22Mark Martin73.7520-2
23Joey Logano72.79318
24Dale Earnhardt Jr71.71262
25Kasey Kahne71.00294
26Juan Montoya69.7319-7
27Scott Lagasse Jr69.224215
28Steve Wallace68.894315
29Kevin Harvick68.8325-4
30Mike Skinner68.80322
31Brian Vickers68.6724-7
32Clint Bowyer68.3822-10
33Jason Keller68.0030-3
34David Reutimann67.8628-6
35Johnny Benson Jr67.6034-1
36Justin Allgaier67.33459
37Lewis Hamilton65.2036-1
38Nico Rosberg65.2037-1
39Jamie McMurray65.09467
40Jarno Trulli64.0039-1
41Chad McCumbee62.60476
42Rick Crawford62.605614
43David Ragan62.5633-10
44Marcos Ambrose62.4535-9
45James Buescher61.806217
46Stacy Compton61.60537
47Nick Heidfeld60.80503
48Martin Truex Jr60.5538-10
49David Stremme59.82545
50Brendan Gaughan59.7848-2

The Unified Power Rankings are based on "percentage points." Starting with a 100 score for the winner of a Nationwide race, each subsequent position is decremented by a percentage that relates to the number of drivers in the field. In a 50-car field of potential qualifiers, the second-place driver receives 98 points, third-place gets 96 points, the 43rd-place driver gets 16 points (because he beat eight other driver to even get into the field) and so on until the last non-qualifier in 50th-place gets two points.

Only races run in the last three months count in this formula.

The Cup, IRL and Formula 1 series start at 110 points for a victory (since its so difficult to win one of these races) and then decrements 1/50th of 110 points for each subsequent position. It’s an unscientific way to determine who is the best in their series, while simultaneously trying to compare apples to oranges.

Previous Unified Power Rankings:

Week 21
Week 20

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