June 4, 2009

Week 23 Unified Power Rankings

With Formula 1 taking last week off, the two strongest drivers in auto sports remain at the top of our grid. Jenson Button and teammate Rubens Barrichello continue to be nearly unassailable with their strong showings on the international stage.

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart keeps hovering around the front of the field and last week's second-place finish in the Autism Speaks 400 kept him solidly in third on this grid. If Button and Barrichello stumble in this week's Turkish Grand Prix, "Smoke" could take the lead in the Unified Power Rankings just as he's done in the NASCAR point system. He hasn't been perfect, but then again with seven top-five finishes in his last nine attempts in Cup and Nationwide competition combined, he's about as close as you're going to get.

Dario Franchitti was last week's top Indy Racing League driver on our grid and he actually improved two positions from 11th overall to ninth on the strength of his third-place finish in the ABC Supply Co. / A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile—and yet, he's no longer the king of his crowd.

The IRL honor goes to Helio Castroneves, who settles into fourth on the overall grid despite an 11th in that same race. He didn't actually leap frog Franchitti, however; Castroneves was not included in last week's grid because he had not yet run four races in 2009. His victory in the Indy 500 and a second in the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway was enough to place Castroneves fourth on the overall grid.

Mark Martin was the biggest mover in the top 10—or at least, he's in the top 10 now, after jumping eight spots from 18th with a 10th-place finish at Dover International Speedway. The biggest loser was Camping World Truck Series Ron Hornaday Jr., who dropped 19 positions from 10th to 29th after crashing early last week. He has a chance to snap back this week, however, since he starts from the outside pole for Friday night's companion race at Texas Motor Speedway with the IRL.

Hornaday's hardship can't compare to Tony Kanaan. His early-race crash at Milwaukee caused him to drop 21 positions from 14th to 35th.

Unified Power Rankings

RankDriverPointsLast week+/-
1Jenson Button110.6710
2Rubens Barrichello99.8320
3Tony Stewart96.0030
4Helio Castroneves92.25NR
5Kurt Busch91.9150
6Jimmie Johnson90.4571
7Ryan Briscoe87.80125
8Jason Leffler87.564-4
9Dario Franchitti86.80112
10Mark Martin85.00188
11Ryan Newman84.606-5
12Denny Hamlin84.279-3
13Danica Patrick82.60152
14Brad Keselowski82.14217
15Mark Webber82.0013-2
16Scott Dixon81.202812
17Jeff Gordon81.098-9
18Kyle Busch79.63191
19Timo Glock79.50201
20Matt Kenseth79.44277
21Carl Edwards78.30221
22Jeff Burton78.0017-5
23Dan Wheldon77.2016-7
24Joey Logano76.55251
25Fernando Alonso76.1724-1
26Kasey Kahne75.27260
27Matt Crafton74.60292
28Greg Biffle73.2923-5
29Ron Hornaday Jr72.6010-19
30Jason Keller72.11366
31Juan Montoya71.7330-1
32Dale Earnhardt Jr70.2131-1
33Nico Rosberg70.0032-1
34Brian Vickers68.2033-1
35Tony Kanaan68.2014-21
36Sebastian Vettel67.50393
37Kevin Harvick67.28414
38Steve Wallace67.11402
39Justin Allgaier67.00423
40Clint Bowyer66.50433
41Graham Rahal66.405918
42Martin Truex Jr65.82453
43David Reutimann65.6238-5
44Marco Andretti64.80528
45Jamie McMurray64.7344-1
46Lewis Hamilton63.67471
47Johnny Benson Jr63.6035-12
48David Ragan63.17557
49Brian Scott63.00578
50Paul Menard62.63544

Previous Unified Power Rankings:

Week 22
Week 21
Week 20

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