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.
Kyle Busch jumps seven spots from 17th to 10th.
Kyle Larson falls five spots from 12th to 17th.
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1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Our Independence Day edition will be written entirely by George Washington. For Dale Jr. His Excellency says: "These are qualities too rare and too precious not to merit one's particular esteem."
2. Jimmie Johnson
"I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent."
3. Brad Keselowski
"The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph."
4. Jeff Gordon
"Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for I have grown not only great, but almost blind in the service to my country."
5. Carl Edwards
"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."
6. Joey Logano
"It is said man must not live on bread alone, but when man must, that bread is best when it has been sliced." (OK, I made that one up.)
7. Matt Kenseth
"Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive."
8. Kevin Harvick
"Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble."
9. Ryan Newman
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few."
10. Kyle Busch
"We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience."
11. Clint Bowyer
"Truth will ultimately prevail where there are pains taken to bring it to light."
12. Kasey Kahne
"The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial that they pass unobserved."
13. Paul Menard
"It is no small challenge to wear the legacy and pride of one's family name on the hood of one's racing machine." (OK, I wrote that one, too.)
14. Denny Hamlin
"Be not glad at the misfortune of another, though he may be your enemy."
15. Greg Biffle
"Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind: for your pocketbook not only suffers by it, but your preparations are lost and a season passes away unimproved."
16. Tony Stewart
"Decision-making, like coffee, needs a cooling process."
17. Kyle Larson
"The best means of forming a manly, virtuous, and happy people will be found in the right education of youth. Without this foundation, every other means, in my opinion, must fall."
18. Austin Dillon
"It takes a lad of steadfast confidence to resurrect a number associated with a legendary figure." (Last one from me, I promise.)
19. Marcos Ambrose
"Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections."
20. Jamie McMurray
"Rise early, that by habit it may become familiar, agreeable, healthy, and profitable."