By Dustin Long
June 05, 2012
Dover Power Rankings

It's Hendrick Motorsports vs. Roush Fenway Racing in this week's Power Rankings with the two teams taking the top five spots after Sunday's race at Dover.

No surprise, there's some juggling atop the rankings, marking the fifth consecutive week the No. 1 spot has changed. This week's rankings also see the return of one driver after a brief absence and a special honoree at No. 10.

Jimmie Johnson
2012 wins: 2
2012 Top-10s: 9
Led 289 of 400 laps to score his second victory in the last three points races (and third win in the last four, counting the All-Star race). In his victories in the Southern 500, the All-Star race and at Dover, he led 439 of 858 laps (51.1 percent). Johnson was asked Sunday if this puts him on the path to a sixth title. "It's just way too early to talk championship,'' he said. "I mean, we are doing the things right now that will win one, but we need to do this in September and on.''
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2012 Wins: 0
2012 Top-10s: 10
His fourth-place finish Sunday was his first top-10 result at Dover since placing third in September 2007. Earnhardt's finish also keeps him No. 1 in the series in top-10 finishes and he remains the only driver to complete all 4,288 laps run this year. The key for him will be the coming races: "We've got some tricky tracks coming up for us,'' he said. "The summer months aren't really my thing, the tracks at least, but hopefully we can have some more good runs."
Matt Kenseth
2012 Wins: 1
2012 Top-10s: 9
His third-place run Sunday marked his fifth top-five finish in the last eight races. His worst finish during that streak was an 11th at Richmond. One of the most consistent drivers all season, Kenseth has finished outside the top 15 only twice and has completed all but one lap this year.
Greg Biffle
2012 Wins: 1
2012 Top-10s: 8
Battled the car all day at Dover and wasn't a factor, finishing 11th. Falls from the top spot in last week's rankings. He's finished outside the top 10 in three of the last five races. Leads the season standings by one point over teammate Matt Kenseth at the halfway point of the 26-race "regular season.''
Kasey Kahne
2012 Wins: 1
2012 Top-10s: 7
The streak continues. Kahne's ninth-place finish at Dover marked his seventh consecutive top-10 finish (eighth if you count the All-Star race). The misfortune that struck earlier in the season appears gone. Kahne is one point out of a wild-card spot and 40 points out of the top 10 with plenty of time to make both before the Chase field is set in September.
Brad Keselowski
2012 Wins: 2
2012 Top-10s: 6
Fought his car all day at Dover and ended up with a 12th place finish. While Keselowski has two wins, he's only had back-to-back top-10 finishes once this season. His run Sunday followed a fifth-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600.
Denny Hamlin
2012 Wins: 2
2012 Top-10s: 7
He has four top-five finishes in the last six races, but Dover was not one of them, as he placed 18th. Before Sunday's race, he assessed his team's progress, saying: "I'd say we are 75 percent of where we were as far as our strength to the field in 2010 to right now. I think we've identified the areas in which we need to improve that 25 percent.''
Kyle Busch
2012 Wins: 1
2012 Top-10s: 7
A blown engine soured his run. He had finished no worse than fourth in his last four points races. It looked as if that streak would continue before his troubles at the Monster Mile.
Kevin Harvick
2012 Wins: 0
2012 Top-10s: 7
Returns to the Power Rankings after his second-place finish at Dover despite overshooting his pit stall once. Team has shown throughout the season it has had speed but has been felled by various mistakes. If everything falls in place, this could be a team to watch.
Dick Berggren
2012 Wins: 13
2012 Top-10s: 13
It was always a win when Berggren was at the track for Fox. With Dover marking the final Cup broadcast of the season for Fox, it also marked Berggren's final broadcast with the network. Competitors gave him a standing ovation in the drivers meeting before Sunday's race for his years covering the sport. The 70-year-old isn't done. He'll just be going to short tracks and working to get an auto racing museum built to honor those who competed in the Northeast.

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