NASCAR & Auto Racing

Jimmie Johnson stays on course, on top

That's Racin's weekly ranking of the top 40 teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as of the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

(Last week's ranking in parentheses):

1. (1) Jimmie Johnson - car No. 48

Call it luck if you like, but the Talladega recovery/escape is the stuff that wins titles.

2. (3) Greg Biffle - car No. 16

Moves ahead of Carl Edwards because that's where he was when Carl wrecked him.

3. (2) Carl Edwards - car No. 99

Give Edwards credit for stepping up and saying the Talladega wreck was his fault.

4. (5) Jeff Burton - car No. 31

Creeps back into title hunt on Talladega top five. If Johnson slips up once, he's in it.

5. (4) Kevin Harvick - car No. 29

One of the many innocent victims at Talladega. Charlotte hasn't been his best track.

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

Kept himself out of the storm at Talladega and did himself a lot of good in the Chase.

7. (12) Tony Stewart - car No. 20

Finally gets a win at Talladega. And yes, it was the right call to name him the winner.

8. (6) Matt Kenseth - car No. 17

This team has no problem making the Chase but never seems to have much luck in it.

9. (8) Dale Earnhardt Jr. - car No. 88

He was giving it all he had at Talladega until he also found himself in The Big One.

10. (7) Jeff Gordon - car No. 24

Combine a season filled with struggles with a string of bad luck and it's not pretty

11. (10) Kyle Busch - car No. 18

Nothing major went wrong with his car at Talladega. That's progress in the Chase.

12. (11) Denny Hamlin - car No. 11

Several teams blew tires at Talladega but nobody paid more for it than Hamlin.

13. (13) David Ragan - car No. 6

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

15. (17) Brian Vickers - car No. 83

16. (15) David Reutimann - car No. 44

17. (16) Kasey Kahne - car No. 9

18. (22) Casey Mears - car No. 5

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

20. (25) Elliott Sadler - car No. 19

21. (19) Juan Pablo Montoya - car No. 42

22. (18) Ryan Newman - car No. 12

23. (20) Martin Truex Jr. - car No. 1

24. (21) Kurt Busch - car No. 2

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

26. (31) Paul Menard - car No. 15

27. (29) Scott Riggs - car No. 66

28. (26) David Gilliland - car No. 38

29. (27) Travis Kvapil - car No. 28

30. (37) Regan Smith - car No. 01

31. (32) Michael Waltrip - car No. 55

32. (28) Mike Skinner - car No. 84

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

34. (38) Robby Gordon - car No. 7

35. (33) Reed Sorenson - car No. 41

36. (39) Joe Nemechek - car No. 78

37. (40) Ken Schrader - car No. 96

38. (36) Bill Elliott/Jon Wood - car No. 21

39. (34) Patrick Carpentier - car No. 10

40. (35) Sam Hornish Jr. - car No. 77

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