Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 10/17/14
A smokin’ championship battle and a red-hot driver feud descend upon Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, offering fans a multifacted circus of speed and passion. No, this isn’t a hyper-dramatic intro to an ESPN commercial.  This is Power Rankings.  Because we…are drama. Row 1 Pole position: Brad Keselowski Hats are off to Bad Brad.  He hasn’t won the title yet, but he’s quickly proving his clout as one of NASCAR’s on-track and off-track leaders. Outside pole: Kyle Busch KyBusch continues to deny regular-season trends and run consistently in the top-five, if not top-three, almost every weekend.  Homestead isn’t his best track, but there’s currently no denying the man his ways. Row 2 Position 3: Jimmie Johnson Johnson is down, but, you know the cliche, he isn’t out.  A small miracle will need to take place to allow Jimmie to buy that six-pack of his, but he’s prepared to give it his all. Position 4: Denny Hamlin Winner of this race two years ago, Hamlin enters Homestead off a second-place finish, having weathered some poor luck of late in the process.  With nothing to lose, he should be able to contend well for the win. Row 3 Position 5: Clint Bowyer Watch out for top-five speed with a side of vengeance from Bowyer and Company.  Whether wrecking Jeff Gordon or finishing well is a higher priority remains to be seen. Position 6: Kevin Harvick Happy Harvick hinted at a 2014 with Stewart-Haas Racing and won race at Phoenix to boot last week.  What’s in store this weekend?  A confident performance inside the top-10. Row 4 Position 7: Jeff Gordon The fellow cannot be denied speed of late, but he’s been denied of great finishes left and right.  If ill-luck, and Clint Bowyer, keep away from team #24, Gordon should be able fin top-five speed. Position 8: Kasey Kahne Like teammate Gordon, Kasey has had excellent speed with lesser luck.  He ran top-five last weekend at Phoenix, and a top-10 is the bare minimum for Kahne at Homestead. Row 5 Position 9: Aric Almirola Almirola suddenly finds the top-10 a resting place of late, and if it wasn’t for the erupting Gordon/Bowyer brawl last week, Almirola would’ve have a great finish to match his performance.  Look out for a sleeper top-10. Position 10: Kurt Busch KuBusch is making good on his recently-upgraded equipment, racing his Furniture Row Motorsports vehicle to back-to-back top-10′s.  His skill is getting back on the display shelf, and a top-15 run, at least, is in the offing this weekend. Row 6 Position 11: Joey Logano Logano continues to end his tenure at Joe Gibbs Racing with aplomb, putting forth top-10 speed at almost every Chase race this year.  He’ll have a good mind to make his Joe Gibbs curtain call a worthy effort at Homestead. Position 12: Dale Earnhardt Jr. He’s fading a slight bit as the season comes to a conclusion, but you can’t blame him: he’s on the mend from some nasty dings to the head and a concussion after all.  Expect him to make a quiet run at a top-10 result. Lucky Dog: Ryan Newman The post Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Miami-Homestead edition appeared first on Race Review Online.
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