Pocono is where those with the big boy (and girl) pants run this Sunday, though Joey Logano got his hands on a plane. He will be flying off seeking his second straight Nationwide win Saturday, this time in Iowa. It is interesting to note that Sam Hornish Jr and Regan Smith are the only full-timers to win on the junior circuit this season. Joining Logano as victors are Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowski, and six-time winner Kyle Busch. Logano is the only Cup driver at Newton, just east of Des Moines, as he prepares to also defend his Cup win at Pocono last June.
Despite having three Top Tens in the past six, he also has finishes of 39th, 35th, and 22nd. That leaves Logano 18th, 34 points out of a Chase spot. Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson swapped positions since last week, with Edwards now having the one point advantage. Clint Bowyer moved into third, with Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne filling out our hottest five.
Jeff Gordon and Stewart were our biggest movers this week. Gordon finished 22 positions better than in Las Vegas by taking third at Dover. Smoke shocked everyone in pulling out all the stops last Sunday, moving 14 points ahead on this chart and jumping up into essentially a three-way tie for 14th.
One of the trio is Jamie McMurray, who dropped down from tenth after finishing 20 spots worse than he was in Nevada. That blown engine moved Matt Kenseth down to sixth. Juan Pablo Montoya was second best at Dover, but that was still not good enough to move him into our Hot 20. He remains 22nd, a dozen points out.
Despite some Top Tens over the run, Brad Keselowski actually dropped one spot out of our top 20, one ahead of Montoya. The penalties hurt, but three times outside the Top Thirty have caused even more pain.
|Martin Truex, Jr.||279||11||7||0||2||4|
|Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||279||12||11||0||1||5|
|Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||256||20||20||0||0||0|