July 1, 2009

Week 27 Unified Power Rankings

Jenson Button and Tony Stewart kept their positions atop the Unified Power Rankings. Button's number one spot is unchanged because Formula 1 had the week off, but Stewart only enhanced his second-place position with a solid fifth-place finish at New Hampshire—his fifth consecutive result of seventh or better. These two drivers have redefined the concept of place-and-hold.

Mark Webber also jumped up the grid, improving his rank from 10th to third. How is that possible with the series going idle? The Power Ranking formula looks at the last 90 days for a snapshot of how drivers are performing right now, and that means that Webber's 12th-place finish in the ING Australian Grand Prix is no longer held against him. Since that race, he has posted five top-fives in seven races—including three runner-up results.

Dario Franchitti also climbed the charts from eighth to fourth on the strength of his solid second-place run on the short track in Richmond. In his last four Indy short track starts, that's his worst result after winning the other three. Chip Ganassi fans should be quite proud of the organization; last week they finished 1-2, and Scott Dixon—the winner of the SunTrust Indy Challenge—settled in right behind Franchitti in fifth.

It was a great weekend for Brad Keselowski. He competed in the Nationwide and Cup series and earned accolades in both. A third-place finish in the Camping World RV Sales 200 was his fifth consecutive top-five, which easily makes him the best Nationwide Regular in the game. He also finished sixth in Cup competition and while that may have been aided by rain, the points pay the same to fantasy owners.

Ron Hornaday Jr. is slowly making his way back up the grid. With back-to-back victories at Milwaukee and Memphis, he's improved 10 positions and lands 32nd on our chart. That may not seem like much, but only two weeks ago he was in danger of falling out of the top 50. Better still, he is in striking distance of the highest ranked Camping World Truck Series driver—Matt Crafton. In the last three months, Crafton has finished worse than seventh only once, and consistency is often more important than raw strength in fantasy games.

Unified Power Rankings
Top 50

RankDriverPointsLast week+/-
1Jenson Button106.7110
2Tony Stewart99.6220
3Mark Webber93.14107
4Dario Franchitti92.6384
5Scott Dixon88.13127
6Kurt Busch86.75137
7Brad Keselowski86.39147
8Rubens Barrichello86.2991
9Jimmie Johnson86.257-2
10Erik Darnell84.83166
11Joey Logano83.362716
12Helio Castroneves82.573-9
13Ryan Briscoe82.504-9
14Greg Biffle82.50228
15Kyle Busch82.44183
16Jeff Gordon82.25171
17Mark Martin82.155-12
18Jason Leffler81.776-12
19Danica Patrick81.7515-4
20Sebastian Vettel81.433212
21Carl Edwards80.96210
22Ryan Newman80.1311-11
23Matt Kenseth79.25252
24Juan Montoya78.17262
25Dan Wheldon78.0024-1
26Denny Hamlin77.0819-7
27Matt Crafton76.8620-7
28Kasey Kahne74.92313
29Timo Glock74.4323-6
30Nico Rosberg73.29300
31Stephen Leicht73.00
32Ron Hornaday Jr72.38408
33Jeff Burton70.8828-5
34Steve Wallace70.33373
35David Reutimann70.2933-2
36Brian Vickers69.18426
37Felipe Massa68.866326
38Marco Andretti68.3834-4
39Justin Allgaier68.0036-3
40Jason Keller67.9238-2
41Tayler Malsam67.71410
42Tony Kanaan67.6335-7
43Fernando Alonso67.0029-14
44Sam Hornish Jr67.00528
45Kimi Raikkonen66.715712
46Johnny Sauter66.575913
47Jamie McMurray66.5044-3
48Colin Braun65.717628
49Tomas Scheckter65.40
50Dale Earnhardt Jr65.1339-11

Previous Unified Power Rankings:

Week 26
Week 25
Week 24
Week 23
Week 22
Week 21
Week 20

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