NASCAR & Auto Racing

Gordon, Stewart swap top spot in rankings

That's Racin's David Poole ranks the top 40 teams in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series following the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.

(Rankings based on team performance and potential. Each team's previous week's ranking in parentheses:)

1. (2) Jeff Gordon -- car No. 24

How close is it for No. 1? Since Gordon finished ahead of Stewart at Pocono, he gets the nod.

2. (1) Tony Stewart -- car No. 20

Wouldn't it be great for the Glen to come down to Stewart vs. Gordon vs. Montoya?

3. (4) Denny Hamlin -- car No. 11

Third-place finish at Pocono got this team back in the kind of groove that it's used to.

4. (3) Matt Kenseth -- car No. 17

If a championship is this team's goal, it knows full well it needs to pick up the pace.

5. (8) Jimmie Johnson -- car No. 48

Top five at Pocono not a cure-all, but it sure was a much needed dose of good news.

6. (5) Kyle Busch -- car No. 5

Top 15 in the past eight races. Spectacular? No, but he doesn't need it to make Chase.

7. (6) Kevin Harvick -- car No. 29

One of several teams that seem to be just out there making laps until Chase begins.

8. (7) Carl Edwards -- car No. 99

Hung in and turned what could have been a bad day at Pocono into just a so-so one.

9. (12) Kurt Busch -- car No. 2

Fortunately for him, duel for 12th with Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't a popularity contest.

10. (10) Jeff Burton -- car No. 31

Is this team better than it's been finishing, or is it managing to finish better than it is?

11. (9) Martin Truex Jr. -- car No. 1

12. (11) Clint Bowyer -- car No. 07

13. (13) Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- car No. 8

14. (15) Ryan Newman -- car No. 12

15. (14) Mark Martin -- car No. 01

16. (16) Juan Pablo Montoya -- car No. 42

17. (19) Casey Mears -- car No. 25

18. (17) Greg Biffle -- car No. 16

19. (20) Bobby Labonte -- car No. 43

20. (21) Reed Sorenson -- car No. 41

21. (18) Jamie McMurray -- car No. 26

22. (22) David Gilliland -- car No. 38

23. (26) Ricky Rudd -- car No. 88

24. (29) Tony Raines -- car No. 96

25. (30) Dave Blaney -- car No. 22

26. (23) David Ragan -- car No. 6

27. (24) Robby Gordon -- car No. 7

28. (25) J.J. Yeley -- car No. 18

29. (27) Kasey Kahne -- car No. 9

30. (28) Elliott Sadler -- car No. 19

31. (32) Jeff Green -- car No. 66

32. (35) Bill Elliott -- car No. 21

33. (36) Brian Vickers -- car No. 83

34. (31) David Stremme -- car No. 40

35. (33) Johnny Sauter -- car No. 70

36. (34) Paul Menard -- car No. 15

37. (40) Scott Riggs -- car No. 10

38. (37) Kyle Petty -- car No. 45

39. (38) David Reutimann -- car No. 00.

40. (39) Ward Burton -- car No. 4

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