Posted: Tuesday June 12, 2012 11:23AM ; Updated: Tuesday June 12, 2012 12:01PM
Dustin Long
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Jimmie Johnson claims rankings top spot for second week after Pocono

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Jimmie Johnson's fourth place at Pocono helped him stay atop the Power Rankings

A late pit stop for fuel dropped Dale Earnhardt Jr. to eighth at Pocono on Sunday

Denny Hamlin has shown signs that he is ready to challenge for a championship

Pocono Power Rankings

Mark Martin told people for years how good Joey Logano was. The youngster showed it Sunday at Pocono, winning a bizarre race that featured more than three dozen penalties. Those infractions added a variety of twists and turns in a race on the Tricky Triangle.

So, it was only fitting what No. 10 would be in this week's ranking. But first, here's the rest of this week's Power Rankings.

 
1
Jimmie Johnson
2012 wins: 2
2012 Top-10s: 10
Penalized twice for speeding on pit road and still finished fourth Sunday at Pocono. Without those issues, Johnson might have scored his third victory in four points races. Still, his top-five finish was good enough to maintain his spot atop the Power Rankings.
 
2
Matt Kenseth
2012 Wins: 1
2012 Top-10s: 10
Ho-hum. Sunday was just an average day for Kenseth. Entering Pocono he had an average finish of 7.6 this season. He finished seventh. That was good enough to take the points lead but not enough to take the No. 1 spot from Johnson in the Power Rankings. Kenseth has finished outside the top 10 just once in the last nine races.
 
3
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2012 Wins: 0
2012 Top-10s: 11
Looked to have one of the best cars at Pocono but had to pit for fuel late. Strategy would have worked but an extended caution and then another shortly after that allowed those who stretched their fuel to make it to the finish. Earnhardt was left with an eighth-place finish. Still, he's has more top-10 finishes than any other driver.
 
4
Denny Hamlin
2012 Wins: 2
2012 Top-10s: 8
Don't take your eye off him. His fifth-place finish at Pocono was his fifth top-five finish in the last seven races. Hamlin's showing signs that he's ready to challenge for a championship after coming so close to the title in 2010. Only thing holding him back is his four finishes between 18th and 23rd.
 
5
Greg Biffle
2012 Wins: 1
2012 Top-10s: 8
Had led the points since Las Vegas in March, but a 24th-place finish at Pocono allowed Kenseth to take over. Biffle's day was ruined when he lost a cylinder and was underpowered the rest of the race. His finish marked his fourth outside the top 10 in the last six races.
 
6
Brad Keselowski
2012 Wins: 2
2012 Top-10s: 6
Two pit-road speeding penalties, ignition issues and brake problems late contributed to his 18th-place finish at Pocono -- his worst finish in the last seven races. Said crew chief Paul Wolfe about his team's day: "It's a bummer."
 
7
Kasey Kahne
2012 Wins: 1
2012 Top-10s: 7
Kahne's career-best streak of seven consecutive top-10 finishes ended at Pocono. He finished 29th after hitting the wall. It just means it's time to start a new streak. He's shown the speed to do so.
 
8
Kevin Harvick
2012 Wins: 0
2012 Top-10s: 7
How Harvick detailed his 14th-place finish, which included a pit-road speeding penalty, on Twitter: "5 days at 1 track = too many.. 0= number of things that went right for us... 1/2 the field speeding in same zone= problem."
 
9
Tony Stewart
2012 Wins: 2
2012 Top-10s: 6
Do you see a pattern developing after Stewart placed third at Pocono? Here's how he's finished in the last six races: 3, 24, 3, 25, 25, 3. Feast or famine for the former champion.
 
10
The Black Flag
Speeding Citations: 22
Penalties Issued: 40
Twenty drivers -- nearly half the field -- were penalized for one thing or another Sunday and saw the black flag. Fourteen of those drivers were penalized for speeding on pit road. It led to a lot of frustration on pit road and in race cars.
 
 

 
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