Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Pocono

Each week of the Sprint Cup season, ESPN The Magazine's Ryan McGee ranks the top 20 drivers in the series. Last week's rankings are in parentheses, as are the top-10s.

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New this week

Paul Menard, Juan Pablo Montoya

Dropped out

Brian Vickers, Jeff Burton

Biggest mover

Ryan Newman jumps eight spots from 20th to 12th.

Biggest loser

Brad Keselowski falls six spots from 10th to 16th.

Also considered

Marcos Ambrose, Ray Harroun

No. 1. Jimmie Johnson

If you think you're having a bad Monday just remember the poor rear tire changer who had to come into the office and face Chad Knaus.

No. 2. Matt Kenseth

The Wisconsin Kid continues his trend of looking good at tracks where he'd always been up and down or just down. Pocono is one of those tracks, with eight double-digit finishes over his past 10 starts.

No. 3. Kyle Busch

Don't look now, but we are actually entering August without Shrub fighting for his Chase life. He's seventh in points with more than a race's worth of cushion between himself and eighth and a pair of wins.

No. 4. Kevin Harvick

A rare swing and a miss for Happy this summer. He's streaky at Pocono. His ninth-place run in June snapped a three-race streak of 14th or worse, which was preceded by three top-5s. Whew.

No. 5. Kasey Kahne

Despite a summer packed with bad finishes, Ole Blue Eyes jumps into our top five. How? He has four top-11s in his past five starts and also has a win in his pocket while others ahead of him in points do not.

No. 6. Clint Bowyer

Like this guy.

No. 7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

And this guy.

No. 8. Carl Edwards

And also this guy.

No. 9. Tony Stewart

Between the success of the Eldora Trucks race, a top-5 finish and standing in Victory Lane as a car owner, Smoke had himself a pretty nice little week.

No. 10. Martin Truex Jr.

I flip-flopped Truex and Jeff Gordon in and out of this spot before finally going with the Clam Prince of New Jersey because -- broken record time -- he has a win and Four-Time does not.

No. 11. Jeff Gordon

That being said, it was an August Pocono win (albeit rain-shortened) that got the 24 car in gear one year ago. With a pair of triangular victories over the past three years, that could happen again.

No. 12. Ryan Newman

Between Kenseth last year and Harvick and Newman this year, these dudes are giving lame ducks a bad name. Of course, those other two already have rides for the next year ...

No. 13. Kurt Busch

Speaking of Newman, he's not only racing Kurt Busch for a Chase spot, he might also be racing him for a decent ride in 2014.

No. 14. Greg Biffle

The Biff's lone career Pocono win served as a serious slump-buster back in 2010. He really needs that to happen again. His average July finish was 22.5, but he did finish second at Pocono back in June.

No. 15. Joey Logano

If this was a yo-yo competition, JoLo would be Jimmie Johnson. He won the July Pocono race two years ago and finished 10th there earlier this summer.

No. 16. Brad Keselowski

The defending champ finished 21st, fell out of the top 10 in points and, thanks to Newman's win, fell to fourth in the wild-card standings. I wouldn't be surprised if he got on the plane and his beer was flat, too.

No. 17. Jamie McMurray

Last week I wrote "This car could totally win the Brickyard 400." Is it too late to try and claim I was being sarcastic? Yeah, I thought so. With only two single-digit finishes in 27 starts, he totally can't win at Pocono.

No. 18. Aric Almirola

Spent most of the day running between 15th and 20th, finished 17th, sits 17th in points. In other words, he had a very Aric Almirola kind of day. It's time for this car to prove it can -- or can't -- take the next step.

No. 19. Paul Menard

Speaking of meh, Menard returns to our rankings not so much because of his 12th-place run, but more because his teammate Jeff Burton finished dead last and Brian Vickers didn't race.

No. 20. Juan Pablo Montoya

Prior to the race JPM said he had a car that could win, "but to be honest, I would be happy with just a good finish." Mision cumplida!