NASCAR & Auto Racing

Rankings: Front-runners

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That's Racin's David Poole ranks the top 40 teams in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series following the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord.

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

1. (1) Jeff Gordon – car No. 24

Is the fat lady singing yet? No, but the way this team is running, she's warming up.

2. (2) Jimmie Johnson – car No. 48

They made up a lot more than 68 points in the final five races to win last year's title.

3. (3) Clint Bowyer – car No. 07

No real bobbles so far for this team, and that's while they're still in the title hunt.

4. (4) Tony Stewart – car No. 20

Pit road at Charlotte becomes a perilous place and provides bump in team's title road.

5. (5) Carl Edwards – car No. 99

Pulled top-five finish out of his hat at Charlotte to keep whisper of title chance alive.

6. (6) Kyle Busch – car No. 5

As often as he's been wrecked lately, showed great restraint late in the Charlotte race.

7. (7) Kurt Busch – car No. 2

One of several teams that just never got out of the gate once this year's Chase began.

8. (9) Denny Hamlin – car No. 11

Consistency that marked this team's regular season just hasn't been there in Chase.

9. (8) Kevin Harvick – car No. 29

Has had several tire problems in the Chase, too many to stay anywhere in contention.

10. (10) Martin Truex Jr. – car No. 1

This week's race is at Martinsville, but that track hasn't been Martin's "ville" in Cup.

11. (13) Jeff Burton – car No. 31

12. (11) Matt Kenseth – car No. 17

13. (12) Casey Mears – car No. 25

14. (14) Greg Biffle – car No. 16

15. (16) Ryan Newman – car No. 12

16. (15) Dale Earnhardt Jr. – car No. 8

17. (18) Kasey Kahne – car No. 9

18. (19) Mark Martin – car No. 01

19. (17) Reed Sorenson – car No. 41

20. (25) Bobby Labonte – car No. 43

21. (22) J.J. Yeley – car No. 18

22. (21) Jamie McMurray – car No. 26

23. (20) Juan Pablo Montoya – car No. 42

24. (29) Dave Blaney – car No. 22

25. (30) David Stremme – car No. 40

26. (23) Robby Gordon – car No. 7

27. (33) Ricky Rudd – car No. 88

28. (24) David Ragan – car No. 6

29. (27) Jeff Green – car No. 66

30. (28) Elliott Sadler – car No. 19

31. (26) Tony Raines – car No. 96

32. (32) David Gilliland – car No. 38

33. (31) David Reutimann – car No. 00

34. (37) Paul Menard – car No. 15

35. (39) Michael Waltrip – car No. 55

36. (38) Kyle Petty – car No. 45

37. (34) Johnny Sauter – car No. 70

39. (40) Scott Riggs – car No. 10

39. (35) Bill Elliott – car No. 21

40. (36) Brian Vickers – car No. 83

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