Each week of the Sprint Cup season, ESPN The Magazine's Ryan McGee ranks the top 20 drivers in the series. Don't agree with McGee's list? Let him -- and the rest of the world -- know in the conversation section at the bottom of the page. But remember, make your mama proud.
Denny Hamlin jumps 12 spots, from 19th to seventh.
Brad Keselowski falls six spots, from seventh to 13th.
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1. Kevin Harvick
Happy finished seventh at Talldega, has two wins, and dominated last fall's Kansas race, starting from the pole, leading 138 laps and winning the race. So, yeah, that qualifies as ranking with power.
2. Joey Logano
He certainly had a better car than his final Talladega finish might lead you to believe. Oh, who am I kidding? I could write that for pretty much everyone on this list not named Denny Hamlin.
3. Kyle Busch
You, like me, probably assumed that Shrub is good at Kansas. If so, then you, like me, are totally wrong. He owns just one single-digit finish in 13 starts and his last three have ended with DNF's.
4. Jeff Gordon
I'm beginning to think Gordon's points lead is built out of the same metal they used to make Captain America's shield.
5. Matt Kenseth
So, this Kenseth vs. Keselowski thing, this is really happening, isn't it? Awesome.
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
I appreciate the passion behind Junior Nation's angst over his Talladega finish. But in the end I believe that all he's guilty of is being too honest. And I don't think he'll be employing that approach again.
7. Denny Hamlin
This team still has a lot to figure out, but with a win and a likely Chase spot clinched, now they have all summer to fix whatever needs fixing. I'd start by booking a month at Rockingham's Little Rock test track.
8. Jimmie Johnson
How screwy is Talladega? He finished 23rd and still moved up a spot in the points standings. Six-time is a two-time Kansas winner, the last coming in 2011 as part of his current 10-race streak of top-10s.
9. Ryan Newman
I was looking ahead to predict Newman's best shot at a Chase-clinching win. I haven't figured it out yet, but I'm thinking it won't be Kansas, where he has one top-5 in 16 tries.
10. Brian Vickers
On Sunday I was watching the race at a restaurant when a woman kept booing Vickers "because he's the little chump that wrecked Dale Junior there at Talladega!" Yes, she was talking about 2006 ... 2006
11. Greg Biffle
Over the last four races, The Biff has posted three top-six finishes and the other was a 15th. He struggled at Kansas last year, but in the nine years before that he grabbed nine top-10s in 11 starts, including two wins.
12. Carl Edwards
Speaking of Roush Fenway Racing, it's time to see if their engineers have taken any steps toward solving the team's mile-and-a-half track woes.
13. Brad Keselowski
Say what you want about Bad Brad, but life is sure a heckuva lot more entertaining with him around. He won at Kansas in 2011, back when the race was in June.
14. AJ Allmendinger
Remember back when we all thought that JTG Daugherty signing the Dinger was a consolation prize?
15. Clint Bowyer
So far this month he's gotten married, went through Richmond like it was a demolition derby, received a big contract extension, and is going back to his home state to race. That wore me out just typing it.
16. Kyle Larson
Another week, another top-10. Yet ...
17. Austin Dillon
This guy is still all over his back bumper in the Rookie of the Year race.
18. Marcos Ambrose
He hasn't been great this spring but hasn't been awful, either and he finished ninth at Kansas last October. You might think he's ranked too high, but don't say that to him. He'll punch you in the eye socket.
19. Jamie McMurray
Yes, he finished 29th at Talladega, but how about an '80s movie slow clap for a man who was six laps down and came back to finish just one lap down.
20. Kasey Kahne
We lose one former sprint car ace -- Tony Stewart -- and replace him with another in Ole Blue Eyes. He's had three good cars in the last four races and finished second at Kansas one year ago.