Power Rankings going into Bristol.

August 24th, 2006  

Topic: Power Rankings going into Bristol.


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1/1 Kevin HarvickFact: One career short-track victory -- at Bristol on April 3, 2005 -- and DeLana wore her hat during the national anthem that day, too.

2/4 Jeff GordonFiction: Turned down role as Jean Girrard in Talladega Nights; leg-shaving scene hit too close to home.

3/9 Matt KensethFact: Won the Cup race at Michigan, but no one noticed in wake of the Edwards/Earnhardt Jr. finish in Busch race.

4/2 Kyle BuschFiction: Now wary of pinning back his ears in offseason, rejects three episode arc on Nip/Tuck.

5/3 Jimmie JohnsonFact: Back-to-back sub-top-10 finishes since Bristol-Fontana-Richmond stretch in Fall 2005.

6/7 Denny HamlinFiction: Plans for rookie of the year party canceled at Scores in NYC; Reed Sorenson too young.

7/12 Mark MartinFact: After 661 starts, now only 116,204 laps behind Richard Petty for all-time lead.

8/8 Tony StewartFiction: Baskin Robbins offers 20 Smoke-related desserts in attempt to sway defending Cup champ to switch from DQ.

9/11 Dale Earnhardt Jr.Fact: Boo birds do exist! Scientists marvel, saying the Irish Hills discovery tops finding a Dodo.

10/5 Kurt BuschFiction: Blames Rusty Wallace for recent tailspin, since Ryan Newman hasn't used that excuse in about a month.

11/6 Jeff BurtonFact: Average finish of 22.75 in four races that he's started from the pole this year. That's Ryan Newman-esque.

12/10 Carl EdwardsFiction: Mom washed out his mouth with soap after profanity-laced tirade with Junior in Victory Lane.

13/13 Ryan NewmanFact: Has two poles at Bristol. ... Nope, didn't win either of those races.

14/14 Jamie McMurrayFiction: Gunning for Ganier Fructis sponsor dollars if he can pass Brian Vickers in the standings.

15/15 Kasey KahneFact: Fourth-place finish at Michigan his first top-10 since Loudon, when Jeremy Mayfield was still driving.

16/19 Elliott SadlerFiction: Signed with Evernham so he could be Kasey Kahne's wingman at North Carolina PTA meetings.

17/18 Robby GordonFact: Knows that 'bookkeeper' is the only English word with three consecutive repeated letters in which omission of the medial hyphen is a practical option (i.e. hoof-footed or sweet-toothed).

18/16 Greg BiffleFiction: Believes he has a shot at Blimpies sponsorship, too -- if Tony Stewart doesn't eat it first.

19/17 Brian VickersFact: Ten consecutive top-20 finishes is a career best.

20/20 Clint BowyerFiction: Cracked the seal on a bottle of Single Barrel Jack three laps too early at Michigan. He only took it out of the wooden box.

21/23 Reed SorensonFact: Most consistent driver at Bristol -- average start: 22nd; average finish: 22nd.

22/25 Martin Truex Jr.Fiction: After finishing 30th at Michigan, accuses DEI of giving Robby Gordon better engine.

23/NR Scott RiggsFact: Hasn't finished outside the top 25 since Daytona in July, not that anyone named Ray Evernham, Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler, Jeremy Mayfield or "Your Honor" would notice.

24/22 Bobby LabonteFiction: Refutes report that No. 43 is not his average finishing position. Says reporter got him confused with Tom Hubert.

25/21 J.J. YeleyFact: Getting an early jump on 30 (his birthday is Oct. 5) with three consecutive thirtysomething finishes
August 24th, 2006  
Team Infidel
2/4 Jeff GordonFiction: Turned down role as Jean Girrard in Talladega Nights; leg-shaving scene hit too close to home.


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