NASCAR & Auto Racing

Johnson moves up

a notch in rankings

That's Racin's David Poole ranks the top 40 teams in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series following the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (Rankings based on team performance and potential. Each team's previous week's ranking in parentheses:)

1. (1) Tony Stewart – car No. 20

String of top-10 finishes snapped at six but this team's already on its mark for Chase.

2. (2) Jeff Gordon – car No. 24

Gordon promises team will be ready to roll when the Chase starts. We don't doubt it.

3. (4) Jimmie Johnson – car No. 48

Good morning, boys. It's now September. It's time to start being outstanding again.

4. (3) Kurt Busch – car No. 2

Disappointing ninth at California. Three months ago ninth would've been a good day.

5. (6) Carl Edwards – car No. 99

Missed Chase last year so it's easy to forget how close he came to winning it in 2005.

6. (5) Denny Hamlin – car No. 11This team absolutely will have its game face on seeking Richmond win for its driver.

7. (7) Matt Kenseth – car No. 17

Not a lot to get excited about lately, to be honest. But you can't forget these guys.

8. (8) Kyle Busch – car No. 5

Figured team would fall apart after decision to oust Busch after '07. We were wrong.

9. (9) Martin Truex Jr. – car No. 1

Four straight finishes off 11th or better. Needs only to start Richmond to make Chase.

10. (t10) Jeff Burton – car No. 31

Burton said after solid California run that he thinks team can make some Chase noise.

11. (t10) Clint Bowyer – car No. 07

Richmond victory sure would be a nice way to send this team off into its first Chase.

12. (t10) Kevin Harvick – car No. 29

Just remember, he won last year's 26th at Richmond to lock down a Chase spot there.

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

14. (15) Bobby Labonte – car No. 43

15. (14) Ryan Newman – car No. 12

16. (16) Greg Biffle – car No. 16

17. (17) Casey Mears – car No. 25

18. (18) Juan Pablo Montoya – car No. 42

19. (19) Mark Martin/Aric Almirola – car No. 01

20. (22) Kasey Kahne – car No. 9

21. (23) Jamie McMurray – car No. 26

22. (21) Reed Sorenson – car No. 41

23. (20) Robby Gordon – car No. 7

24. (24) David Stremme – car No. 40

25. (29) David Gilliland – car No. 38

26. (25) J.J. Yeley – car No. 18

27. (31) Jeff Green – car No. 66

28. (27) Dave Blaney – car No. 22

29. (26) Tony Raines – car No. 96

30. (39) Brian Vickers – car No. 83

31. (32) Bill Elliott – car No. 21

32. (36) David Ragan – car No. 6

33. (28) Elliott Sadler – car No. 19

34. (33) Paul Menard – car No. 15

35. (30) Ricky Rudd – car No. 88

36. (40) David Reutimann – car No. 00

37. (34) Kyle Petty – car No. 45

38. (37) Johnny Sauter – car No. 70

39. (35) Scott Riggs – car No. 10

40. (38) Ward Burton – car No. 4

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