Tuesday, August 4, 2020

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: New Hampshire

By Jeffrey Boswell

Note: the quotes in this article are fictional.

1. Kevin Harvick — Harvick finished 5th at New Hampshire, posting his 13th top-five of the season.

"You heard correctly," Harvick said. "Busch Light Apple is a beer. And it tastes awful. It's currently being sold in a special pack of twelve 12-packs. For those that don't know, that's 144, and, as I said before, it's 'gross.'"

2. Brad Keselowski — Keselowski dominated at New Hampshire, leading 184 of 301 laps on the way to his third win of the season.

"I said we needed to go out and dominate a race," Keselowski said. "We did that. Credit for it all goes to my team. The car handled like a dream. And you can't dominate without a car that steers well. That's called 'domineering.'

"Just a quick word about Kyle Busch, who finished dead-last. It's been a while since I've said something like this, but Kyle Busch is the 'ass-end' of the race results."

3. Denny Hamlin — Hamlin battled with Brad Keselowski all day at New Hampshire, but couldn't overcome Keselowski's dominance and finished second.

"Keselowski was unbeatable at New Hampshire," Hamlin said. "There was only one thing stopping him, and that was his brakes."

4. Chase Elliott — Elliott started 3rd and finished 9th at New Hampshire. He is 5th in the points standings, 143 out of first.

"My Hendrick teammate Jimmie Johnson tested in an Indy Car recently at Indianapolis Motor Speedway," Elliott said. "He loved it! So, once again, Jimmie 'tested positive.'"

5. Joey Logano — Logano finished 4th at New Hampshire as Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski scored an impressive win.

"Brad got the glory," Logano said. "And he got a lobster. It's one thing to 'claw your way to victory.' It's another to 'victory your way to claw.'"

6. Ryan Blaney — Blaney ran up front early at New Hampshire, but faltered late and finished 20th.

"They call the track at Loudon the 'Magic Mile,'" Blaney said. "Personally, I witnessed the magic, because I led 5 laps early, then I disappeared."

7. Aric Almirola — Almirola started on the pole and finished 7th in the Foxwoods Resorts Casino 301. He is 8th in the points standings.

"I hear Kyle Larson said he would love to race in the Cup series again," Almirola said. "There he goes using that 'In' word again."

8. Martin Truex, Jr. — Truex finished 3rd at New Hampshire, right behind Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin. Teammates Erik Jones and Kyle Busch finished 24th and 38th, respectively.

"They added a chicane to Daytona's road course," Truex said. "For those fans who may be alarmed by this, don't be — he has the proper documentation.

"Anyway, we'll be racing there in two weeks, but we don't even get to practice. So, all of us will be going into that chicane blind. That should work out fine for some drivers, because they have lots of experience driving blind."

9. Kurt Busch — Busch finished 17th in the Foxwoods Resorts Casino 301, and holds the 9th spot in the points standings.

"My brother Kyle slammed the wall on lap 15 and was done for the day," Busch said. "He finished last, and, at least for a day, is an embarrassment to the family name, in the 'Pedigree' paint scheme, no less. Kyle went from 'dog food' to 'dog S' right quick."

10. Matt DiBenedetto — DiBenedetto placed 6th at New Hampshire, posting his 6th top-10 result of the year.

"Right now," DiBenedetto said, "I'm one spot out of qualifying for the championship playoffs. You could say I'm 'on the outside looking in.' Or, to describe it in a way more fitting of the times, I'm 'reverse quarantined' from making the playoffs."

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