NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 4

Note: the quotes in this article are fictional.

1. Kyle Busch — Busch finished fourth at Phoenix to post his fourth top-five finish of the season. He is tied with Kevin Harvick for the lead in the Sprint Cup points standings.

"I'm surprised Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick both didn't wreck each other before they reached the finish line," Busch said. "I think it would have made for great controversy, although their cars would have been torn up. But I would have been more than happy to pick up the pieces.

"As for being co-leader in the points, there's only thing I care to share with Harvick, and that's mutual hatred."

2. Kevin Harvick — Harvick battled Carl Edwards door to door over the final lap at Phoenix and held on to win the Good Sam 500 by .01 seconds.

"I was surprised I was able to hold off Edwards," Harvick said. "He may have had fresh tires, but I had a flag that said, 'Don't tread on me.'"

3. Carl Edwards — Despite having fresh right-side tires for the final restart at Phoenix, Edwards was unable to complete the pass on Kevin Harvick, instead losing by .01 seconds.

"Harvick and I traded a lot of paint," Edwards said. "We were racing so close, I felt like I could have reached over and grabbed him by the throat. The only thing that's clashed harder than our cars is our personalities."

4. Jimmie Johnson — Johnson finished 11th at Phoenix after starting in a backup car, due to a wreck in Friday's qualifying.

"My steering wheel literally came loose in my hands," Johnson said. "I guess that would be the most severe case of 'losing your handling.' And what an impact. I haven't 'hit a wall' like that since right after winning my sixth championship."

5. Kurt Busch — Busch finished sixth in the Good Sam 500, recording his fourth top-10 of the year. He is fourth in the points standings, 17 out of first.

"That's a top-10 in each race this year," Busch said. "That's called consistency, which is a word that is not used very often to describe me, particularly the history of my mental state."

6. Joey Logano — Logano finished 18th at Phoenix after his crew failed to fill his fuel tank on what should have been his final pit stop. Logano was forced to pit for a splash of gas, which likely cost him a top-10.

"I thought for sure we got all the fuel in," Logano said. "Even Matt Kenseth would vouch for that fact — he said I 'was full of it.'"

7. Denny Hamlin — Hamlin started third at Phoenix, part of a 1-2-3 Joe Gibbs Racing sweep in qualifying, and finished third, posting his first top-five since winning the Daytona 500.

"What a finish between Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards," Hamlin said. "I think many people are surprised that Edwards didn't send Harvick into the wall to get past him, as NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, Jr. would have done. But let's be serious. Only one person considers Edwards the 'Intimidator,' and that's Matt Kenseth."

8. Austin Dillon — Dillon took ninth in the Good Sams 500, posting his third top-10 result of the year.

"It was an otherwise lousy day for Richard Childress Racing," Dillon said. "My teammates, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard, finished last and next-to-last. Both suffered right-front tire failures. Some will ask: 'Who blows more? The tires, or the drivers? In any case, Ryan and Paul will always have a job with RCR, probably as the guys who scuff the surface of new tires, because they're scrubs."

9. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. — Earnhardt came home fifth at Phoenix, the top finisher among Hendrick Motorsports drivers.

"It's too bad didn't end with tempers flaring," Earnhardt said. "That would have made for a perfect 'March Madness' tie-in."

10. Brad Keselowski — Keselowski suffered a blown right-rear tire on lap 226 at Phoenix, and the resulting damage left the No. 2 Penske Ford with a 29th-place finish.

"What an entertaining finish," Keselowski said. "Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick put on quite a show. Rest assured, when those two are battling for something, it's definitely not a popularity contest. I really would have loved to been part of an Edwards/Harvick duel, preferably as the guy that says, 'Take 10 paces, turn, and fire.'"

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