NASCAR & Auto Racing

Rankings | Johnson, Biffle stay at top, but win propels Burton

That's Racin's weekly ranking of the top-40 teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as of the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. (Last week's ranking in parentheses):

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

It's getting harder and harder to argue this team isn't the master of the Chase format.

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

Has led six laps total and has one top-10 finish in 11 Martinsville tries. This is a big week.

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

How tough is the Chase? Burton began 70 back, has five top 10s and is still 69 back.

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

Error wasn't confronting Harvick. It was leaving signed, snarky note after Talladega.

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

Has finished 12th in three of first five Chase races. That's nice, but it's not enough.

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

Needs to make up 46 points per race to win the championship. Good luck with that.

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

In the middle of what's shaping up to be an outstanding battle for fourth in the Chase.

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

Finally gets off deck with top five at Charlotte. Still could get to double-digit wins.

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

Questionable late pit call aside, rebound from early Charlotte woes was good stuff.

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

Crashed out at Talladega and Charlotte, his first back-to-back DNFs since late 2004.

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

This team had 12 top-10 finishes in the season's first 18 races. It's had two since.

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

Martinsville presents a chance for a break in Chase woes. He won there this spring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

40. (39) Mike Wallace - car No. 10

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