Found September 07, 2012 on Race Review Online:
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  There's but one race to go until NASCAR's Chase begins, and drivers on the points bubble will be scrambling to claim the last available wild card spot.   I could go on, but Sportscenter and NASCAR on ESPN have covered those points enough.  What they haven't covered is Power Rankings with the following degrees of accuracy and foresight.  No egotism implied in that statement.  Here are the men most likely to gain even more time on Sportscenter after Saturday evening. Row 1 Pole Position: Jeff Gordon Gordon has come close to a Richmond win several times over the past couple of years, and he's a shark after Chase berth blood right now.  Fear this. Outside Pole: Kyle Busch Most certainly the highest ranking Shrub has received in months, KyBusch, like Gordon, is a man on a Chase mission, and Kyle's four-win Richmond resume reminds us all that this track couldn't be better for his scheduling needs.  But he looks pretty worried in that photo from media availability on Thursday at Richmond.  And perhaps he should be, with Gordon having received a higher power ranking...
Row 2 Position 3: Denny Hamlin Fresh off of two consecutive wins on the vastly different Bristol and Atlanta circuits, Hamlin has current speed and power in addition to his duties as teammate protector.  Expect him to go for the win and try to keep Gordon and others from snatching Wild Card #2 from teammate Kyle Busch. Position 4: Kevin Harvick Harvick gets a mega boost in the rankings this week, with a stellar, at times dominant, Atlanta performance coupled with a return to a race he won last year (this event one year ago).   Row 3 Position 5: Jimmie Johnson Johnson slots in at P5 simply because it would almost be criminal to rank him lower.   Position 6: Martin Truex Jr. Truex smells victory again, and after coming much too close to taking the checkers at Atlanta last week, he won't be shy about parlaying his secure Chase status into an all-out performance this Saturday night. Row 4 Position 7: Matt Kenseth Quiet yet usually consistent at Atlanta, Kenseth looks to run silent, and perhaps a bit deadly, in Richmond while Team #17 continues to waltz easily into the Chase with championship preparation already in mind. Position 8: Brad Keselowski Brad righted the ship at Atlanta, bringing home a terrific third-place finish to balance off a Bristol disappointment.  Watch for BK to look extra sporty as the Chase looms. Row 5 Position 9: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Super consistency still persists as Junior's trump card in 2012, but all-out win contention continues to be item #1 on his bucket list.  Richmond was once the man's bread and butter track (after restrictor-plate venues of course), and he'll look to recapture some of his past Virginia glories this weekend.   Position 10: Greg Biffle Like teammate Kenseth, Biffle looks to take one last shot at an extra win in the regular season.  He has motivation to do so, as several other Chase-bound drivers have more wins, and therefore more future Chase points, headed into the start of the NASCAR playoffs. Row 6 Position 11: Joey Logano If only from sheer force of will as the Chase gets large and his chances grow small, look for JoLo to muster up at least a top-10 night as his last chance at a Chase berth comes for the taking. Position 12: Clint Bowyer He only has one top-five at the track, but he also has seven top-10's, an average finish of 10.2, and a win in 2008 at the Richmond joint.  Expect quiet contention for a top-10 run. Lucky Dog: Tony Stewart Photo courtesy of NASCARmedia.com
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