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.
Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard jump five spots each.
Ryan Newman falls four spots from 13th to 17th.
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1. Jimmie Johnson
He held off the field on five restarts, led seven times for 272 of 400 laps and extended his record of all-time Dover wins. It was the racing equivalent to Mongo punching out the horse.
2. Matt Kenseth
Let me repeat: How's a man with no wins ranked this high? He's racked up eight top-10s in nine races, and now he's also the points leader. That being said, I wouldn't put him on my Pocono fantasy roster.
3. Joey Logano
However, I would put JoLo in my Pocono lineup. In his past four starts there he's posted a win, three top-10s and a worst finish of 13th. And if you don't put him in your lineup his dad might come after you.
4. Kevin Harvick
Every week on the Marty & McGee podcast, my boy Marty Smith touts Happy as the title favorite. But I need more proof that this team can stop self-destructing like it did -- again -- at Dover.
5. Jeff Gordon
It was a fascinating month of May as we watched Gordon celebrate a win and returning to the points lead all while battling debilitating back pain and discussing his mortality. Aging is tough, kids.
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Little E started strong and faded late, but only back to ninth. He's rediscovered Pocono over the past three years, with five top-10s in his past six visits. Before this run, it took 16 starts to reach five top-10s.
7. Denny Hamlin
Hambone finished fifth at Dover despite an early penalty shoving him to the back of the field. The four-time Pocono champ has been go-or-blow there of late, with finishes of fifth, 29th, eighth and 43rd.
8. Brad Keselowski
This team is becoming very good at staying patient after bad starts and tweaking its way back to the front. Here's a weird stat: In June Pocono races, his average finish is 19.5. In August it's 7.7.
9. Kyle Busch
Remember what I said about Harvick? Same rule applies to this guy. The good news is that in the new Chase he can get on a hot streak and win it all. The bad news is that he keeps finding ways not to win.
10. Carl Edwards
He used to be an automatic top-5 at Dover, but over the past three years he's struggled to crack the top 15. The same could be said for Pocono. Psst, Jack ... this isn't how you convince a guy not to leave.
11. Kyle Larson
Look who sneaked his way into the top 10 in points. I chatted with him on the grid at Dover on Saturday. It's no wonder he can sneak into places. Dude weighs like 40 pounds.
12. Brian Vickers
Since the start of April he's gone from 13th to ninth to 12th to eighth to 13th in points. He should have his people working on a Duncan Yo-Yo sponsorship.
13. Clint Bowyer
Meanwhile, The Sheriff's teammate finished fourth at Dover and inched a few more spots up the points ladder after hovering around 20th all spring. Still, this bandwagon is on wobbly wheels.
14. Greg Biffle
Wednesday night on "NASCAR Now," the Biff's tone once again seemed to be swinging back toward re-signing with Roush Fenway. But like June weather at Pocono, that could change instantaneously.
15. Paul Menard
The Guy With His Name On His Hood has scored three top-10s over the past four races, and we know that he can be very good at big, flat tracks. Is he RCR's best shot at making the Chase?
16. Kasey Kahne
Looked like a car that could contend at Dover but vanished to finish 19th while his three Hendrick teammates all finished in the top 15. This is becoming a CD with a scratch on it.
17. Ryan Newman
Need a cheap addition to your Pocono fantasy lineup that your opponents probably don't know about? Consider No Neck, who hasn't finished outside the top 15 there since June 2008.
18. Austin Dillon
Those deeply offended by the 3 returning have been very quiet on the topic since Daytona. If Dillon doesn't make a run at a win soon, I'm betting they'll start getting vocal again.
19. Jamie McMurray
Great job finishing 13th, especially after NASCAR denied repair work during the red flag. The only crew that handled the incident better were the guys from Duck's Quality Fence in Dover who patched up the pothole.
20. Tony Stewart
How do I know Smoke's returning to normal? He spent the whole Dover weekend acting like that cranky old man everyone in the cul-de-sac avoids because he'll yell at you for looking at him the wrong way.