By Dustin Long
July 10, 2012
Daytona Power Rankings

Daytona gave NASCAR fans a firecracker ending with cars crashing as the field came to the finish. Daytona also jumbled the Power Rankings, putting a new driver atop the standings and shaking up the rest of the group. The biggest victory, though, might belong to this week's 10th-place duo.

Matt Kenseth
2012 wins: 1
2012 Top-10s: 13
Although he left Daytona wondering what more he could have done to win Saturday night's race, his third-place finish was good enough to climb back atop the Power Rankings. Kenseth has finished 13th or better in his last 13 races. Who said 13 isn't a lucky number? His third-place finish ties for his worst finish in a restrictor-plate race this season. He won the Daytona 500 and placed third at Talladega in the spring.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
2012 Wins: 1
2012 Top-10s: 13
Finished 15th after he was collected in the last-lap wreck Saturday, but he made it to the finish line and remains the only driver to have completed all 5,187 laps run this season. His finish marked only the third time he's placed outside the top 10 in the last 14 races.
Jimmie Johnson
2012 Wins: 2
2012 Top-10s: 13
He's yet to finish a restrictor-plate race this season. He was wrecked on the second lap of the Daytona 500, had an engine failure at Talladega and was wrecked three-fourths of the way through Saturday night's race at Daytona and finished 36th. Take out the restrictor-plate races and Johnson hasn't finished worse than 12th this season.
Tony Stewart
2012 Wins: 3
2012 Top-10s: 9
Stewart's roller-coaster season continues. This time he's riding high after winning at Daytona for his third victory of the season. He's scored eight top-three finishes this season but also has had six finishes outside the top 20. If he gets it together, he could repeat as series champion.
Brad Keselowski
2012 Wins: 3
2012 Top-10s: 8
Brought home his battered car eighth on Saturday. Said Keselowski of the race: "It was crazy." He has one finish outside the top 15 in the last 11 races. Needs to consistently run in the top 10 to have a title shot, but there's time to get there.
Denny Hamlin
2012 Wins: 2
2012 Top-10s: 9
A wreck ended his bad week, which began with a bad back. His 25th-place finish continued a trend. He's not had more than two consecutive top-10 finishes all season. Saturday's result was his third finish of 25th or worse in the last four races.
Greg Biffle
2012 Wins: 1
2012 Top-10s: 10
He was headed toward a top-five finish before the last-lap wreck and finished 21st. It's his third finish outside the top 20 in the last five races. Said Biffle of the wreck: "It was my fault."
Clint Bowyer
2012 Wins: 1
2012 Top-10s: 9
He was collected in a late wreck and finished 29th -- his worst finish since April. It also was his worst finish in a restrictor-plate race this season. He was 11th in the Daytona 500 and sixth at Talladega in the spring.
Kasey Kahne
2012 Wins: 1
2012 Top-10s: 9
Appears to be changing his luck again. He had a seven-race stretch of top-10 finishes broken by three finishes of 14th or worse. He then was second at Kentucky and placed seventh at Daytona. His most impressive feat might have been joining teammate Jimmie Johnson in a triathlon in Charleston, S.C., the morning after the Daytona race. Kahne tweeted that he finished fifth in his age group, completing the 600-yard swim, 12-mile bike and 5-kilometer run in 1 hour, 11 minutes.
Kevin and DeLana Harvick
DeLana Harvick delivered the couple's first child, Keelan Paul Harvick, Sunday. He weighed 6.8 pounds and was 19.5 inches. "Waiting on Keelan was the longest nine months of my entire life," Kevin Harvick said. "But time literally stood still when I held our baby for the first time. I've accomplished a lot in my life that I'm proud of, but those moments don't hold a candle to becoming a father and seeing that little face looking up at you. DeLana and I are just amazed by how special and rewarding this is."

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