NASCAR & Auto Racing

Carl Edwards zooms to top of rankings after Texas

That's Racin' ranks the top 40 teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Rankings are based on team performance and potential for success this season. (Previous ranking in parentheses):

1. (5) Carl Edwards - car No. 99

It seems this team would be thrilled there are so many intermediate tracks in the Chase.

2. (1) Jeff Burton - car No. 31

Another solid effort at Texas keeps this team at the top in points and near it here.

3. (2) Kyle Busch - car No. 18

Hated the way his car drove all day at Texas and he finished third. That's not bad.

4. (3) Tony Stewart - car No. 20

Quietly motoring along with solid finishes. This team often is slow to get its first win.

5. (7) Denny Hamlin - car No. 11

Never really was in the mix for Texas win, but watch out on the flat track at Phoenix.

6. (4) Dale Earnhardt Jr. - car No. 88

Some criticism is harsh, but this team does need to show it can improve during a race.

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

Second in points so far. Phoenix could be the kind of track where these guys can win.

8. (6) Greg Biffle - car. No. 16

We figured he'd be almost as strong as teammate Edwards at Texas. Missed that call.

9. (10) Clint Bowyer - car No. 07

Had points get away with wreck off last turn on last lap at Texas. Can't do that often.

10. (11) Ryan Newman - car No. 12

Fourth at Texas but NASCAR will likely subtract some points for inspection issue.

11. (12) Jimmie Johnson - car No. 48

Maybe he should've moved up more after runner-up finish, but Hendrick issues loom.

12. (9) Jeff Gordon - car No. 24

Looked as bad, if not worse, at Texas as teammate Johnson did in his Vegas debacle.

13. (14) Matt Kenseth - car No. 17

14. (17) Mark Martin/Aric Almirola - car No. 8

15. (13) Kasey Kahne - car No. 9

16. (20) David Ragan - car No. 6

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

18. (15) Kurt Busch - car No. 2

19. (18) Martin Truex Jr. - car No. 1

20. (21) Brian Vickers - car No. 83

21. (19) Casey Mears - car No. 5

22. (24) Jamie McMurray - car No. 26

23. (23) Bobby Labonte - car No. 43

24. (22) Elliott Sadler - car No. 19

25. (25) Paul Menard - car No. 15

26. (26) Travis Kvapil - car No. 28

27. (29) David Gilliland - car No. 38

28. (27) Reed Sorenson - car No. 41

29. (28) Robby Gordon - car No. 7

30. (31) Scott Riggs - car No. 66

31. (39) Dave Blaney - car No. 22

32. (30) Michael McDowell - car No. 00

33. (32) Jeremy Mayfield - car No. 70

34. (32) J.J. Yeley - car No. 96

35. (35) Regan Smith - car No. 01

36. (36) Michael Waltrip - car No. 55

37. (34) David Reutimann - car No. 44

38. (38) Sam Hornish Jr. - car No. 77

39. (NR) Mike Skinner - car No. 84.

40. (37) Dario Franchitti - car No. 40

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