NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 13

Note: The quotes in this article are fictional.

1. Jimmie Johnson — Johnson dominated at Dover, leading 289 laps, including the final 76, to win for the second time this year and capture his seventh victory at the Monster Mile. Johnson is fifth in the Sprint Cup point standings, 33 behind Greg Biffle.

"I got a great start when we went green for the last time," Johnson said, "and we left Kevin Harvick and the Jimmy Johns No. 29 in our wake. What's the difference in 'Jimmie Johnson' and 'Jimmy Johns?' Three letters: 'W-I-N.'

"You may have seen wearing a multi-colored wig to promote Madagascar 3. Like me, it's a big wig. Many sports fans see a colored wig and expect to see a 'John 3:16' sign. Not in this case. However, you may see a 'Johnson 6:12' sign, after a capture my sixth Cup title this year."

2. Matt Kenseth — Kenseth finished third in the FedEx 400, posting his eight top-10 result of the year. He has not finished outside the top 11th since a 16th at California and now trails Greg Biffle by only a single point in the standings.

"Jimmie Johnson certainly was dominant," Kenseth said, "even while wearing a silly wig. The funny thing is, he made everyone else look like a clown."

3. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. — Earnhardt finished fourth in the FedEx 400 at Dover on a stellar day for Hendrick Motorsports, as Jimmie Johnson's win led the way for three HMS cars in the top 10. Earnhardt is now third in the point standings, 10 behind Greg Biffle.

"Doesn't Jimmie look cool in a wig?" Earnhardt said. "If a narrow win is said to be by a 'hair,' then Jimmie's margin of victory over Kevin Harvick must have been by a 'wig.'

"I can't say I'm not jealous, because after 142 races without a win, I'm dying to 'wig out' myself."

4. Greg Biffle — Biffle finished 11th in the FedEx 400, just missing his ninth top-10 of the year. He narrowly remained atop the Sprint Cup point standings, ahead of Roush Fenway teammate Matt Kenseth by a single point.

"Never underestimate the value of a single point," Biffle said. "Carl Edwards never will.

"I'm hanging on to the points lead by a thread. And, as Kurt Busch has said on countless occasions, "I sure hope I don't lose it."

5. Denny Hamlin — Hamlin led two early laps at Dover, but struggled with handling issues before coming home 18th. He dropped one place in the point standings to fourth, 22 out of first place.

"Jimmie Johnson's win was historic," Hamlin said. "His seven Dover wins tied him with Richard Petty and Bobby Allison. It was truly one for the books. And speaking of 'books,' just call Johnson the 'Librarian,' because he checked out on everyone."

6. Martin Truex, Jr. — Truex finished a solid yet disappointing seventh at Dover, posting his eighth top-10 result of the year. He remained sixth in the point standings, 45 out of first.

"Jimmie Johnson whipped the field easily," Truex said. "His lead was so big, he was able to celebrate early. I think that's called a 'whoopee cushion.'"

7. Kevin Harvick — Harvick took the runner-up spot at Dover after Jimmie Johnson ran away from the No. 29 Jimmy Johns Chevy on the final restart with 31 laps to go. It was Harvick's second runner-up finish of the year as he continues to search for the season's first win.

"Close, but no cigar," Harvick said. "But no worries. As an expectant father, I can at least expect one cigar this season."

8. Kyle Busch — Busch's engine expired on lap 205, sending the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota to the garage with a 29th in the FedEx 400. Busch fell one place to 9th in the point standings, where he is 80 behind Greg Biffle.

"What can you say?" Busch said. "I say the same thing about engine failure that my brother Kurt says about his emotions: 'I have no control over it.' Kurt is truly psychotic. His car number shouldn't be '51'; it should be '5150.'"

9. Tony Stewart — Stewart was collected in a lap 10 wreck that involved 12 cars and left his No. 14 Chevrolet with considerable damage. He limped home with a 25th-place finish and is now eighth in the point standings, 79 out of first.

"Kurt Busch has been suspended for one race," Stewart said. "And deservedly so. NASCAR had no recourse but to punish him. Kurt forced their hand, just like he did mine when I punched him."

10. Clint Bowyer — Bowyer led a strong Michael Waltrip Racing charge at Dover, finishing fifth, as teammates Martin Truex, Jr. and Mark Martin finished 7th and 14th, respectively. Bowyer improved two places to 10th in the Sprint Cup point standings, where he is 81 out of first.

"You probably saw Ryan Newman nearly run over one of my crewmen," Bowyer said. "And that was the only time during the race that the words 'That was close!' were uttered. It was a scary moment, almost as scary as Jimmie Johnson's dominance."

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