NASCAR & Auto Racing

Johnson's quest for Cup remains on fast track

That's Racin's weekly ranking of the top 40 teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as of the Tums Quik Pak 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. (Last week's ranking in parentheses):

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

Even Achilles had a spot on his heel. It's hard to find a weakness here.

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

Needs four top fives, at least, to even put any pressure on Johnson's team.

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

Comes back strong after bad day at Charlotte but the hole may be too deep.

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

Pit road mistake was costly, but the car needed to be better to start with.

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

Fifth in the points because he still hasn't had a really bad Chase race.

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

Seventh at Martinsville is good but not good enough for this team this year.

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

One of several teams that battled issues with tires during Martinsville race.

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

He's always good at Martinsville, but Johnson again was a little bit better.

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

Strong runner-up at Martinsville in what was this team's best run in weeks.

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

Twelve spots ahead of Denny Hamlin in battle for last top-10 Chase spot.

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

Hard to watch this team struggle after seeing it run so well earlier this season.

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

Top-five finish at Martinsville was a bit of succor that this team badly needed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

34. (36) Bill Elliott - car No. 21

35. (35) Scott Speed - car No. 84

36. (40) AJ Allmendinger - car No. 10

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

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

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

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

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