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2015 Sprint Cup Series Picks & Predictions: Top 10 Drivers in Power Rankings thru Week 7

2015 Sprint Cup Series Picks & Predictions: Top 10 Drivers in Power Rankings thru Week 7

2015 Sprint Cup Series Picks & Predictions: Top 10 Drivers in Power Rankings thru Week 7: The first six races of the 2015 Sprint Cup season are in the books, and as the teams prepare for their first off week, it is time to take a closer look at the drivers that are establishing themselves as the early contenders for the Sprint Cup title. Noticeably missing from the rankings is Ryan Newman, and despite a solid start, the announcement that he will be penalized 75 points for using illegally altered tires throws is stock into question. If he continues to run well following the penalty, this his fast start will be a little easier to trust. Until then, here are my top 10 drivers.

2015 Sprint Cup Series Picks: Top 10 Drivers in Power Rankings thru Week 7

  1. Kevin Harvick: It says a lot about his performance this year when his eighth-place finish at Martinsville last weekend constitutes a bad run, but when you finish either first or second in the first five races of the year, a top-10 doesn’t seem so special. The bottom line is that the defending champ looks primed to defend his crown in 2015.
  1. Joey Logano: He won the Daytona 500, and Logano has basically had a chance to win all six races this year. He is one of three drivers that has finished in the top 10 in all six races, and his 5.5 average finish is the second best in the series. Logano made his first real run at a championship last year and looks more than capable of closing the deal this season.
  1. Brad Keselowski: While he somewhat stole his victory at Auto Club a few weeks back, Keselowki’s overall numbers speak for themselves. Since wrecking in the Daytona 500, he has reeled off five straight top-10s, compiling a 5.0 average finish. The 2012 champ is as stout as ever.
  1. Jimmie Johnson: Yes, he has had mechanical issues twice this year that have resulted in terrible finishes, but Johnson has finished 11th or better in the other four races. More importantly, he clobbered the field at Atlanta, and he has shown championship-caliber speed when he has been on the track.
  1. Martin Truex Jr.: Truex had a rough first season with Furniture Row Racing, but he has been a new driver in 2015. He is one of three drivers that have finished in the top 10 in every single event, and while he is still looking for a win, he does own an impressive 6.2 average finish. It is starting to look like Truex is the real deal.
  1. Denny Hamlin: He rediscovered his old Martinsville magic last weekend, and his fifth career win at the track basically guarantees Hamlin a spot in the Chase. Granted, consistency has eluded him so far, but his three top-five finishes are tied for the second most in the series.
  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Junior battled multiple mechanical issues at Martinsville that ruined an otherwise promising day. Overall, he has flashed plenty of speed this year, logging four finishes of sixth or better, including three top-five runs. At this point, there is no reason to think he won’t be a title threat.
  1. Jeff Gordon: He is rounding into form after being plagued by awful luck to open the year. He has reeled off three straight top-10s, and he was in line to win last weekend at Martinsville before a late speeding penalty. The veteran should be just fine in the long run.
  1. Matt Kenseth: It has been a while since Kenseth has won a race, but he has shown solid speed this year, but bad luck at Daytona and Auto Club have him sitting with an unimpressive 16.7 average finish. Overall, he has three top-10s, including two top-five finishes, in six races.
  1. Kasey Kahne: Kahne has been tough to peg so far. He doesn’t have any bad finishes, but he only has two top-10s and just a single top-five finish. That being said, his ability to avoid bad finishes is a plus for a driver known for struggling with consistency.

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2015 Sprint Cup Series Odds and Expert Picks: Sprint Cup Championship Dark Horses and Sleepers

2015-Sprint-Cup-Series-Odds-and-Expert-Picks2015 Sprint Cup Series Odds and Expert Picks: Sprint Cup Championship Dark Horses and Sleepers: Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon are among the big names that immediately come to mind when discussing the Sprint Cup title, but the favorites don’t always end up claiming the crown. This has been especially true since the inception of the Chase playoff format in 2004, and with the new elimination format installed just last year, the title fight is as unpredictable as ever. Heck, Ryan Newman nearly won the championship last year despite not winning a race or even leading many laps. Thanks to the new playoff system, one bad race or one surprise win during the final 10 ten races can dramatically change the championship picture. With that in mind, here is a closer look at some of the drivers capable of toppling the frontrunners to win the 2015 Sprint Cup including the latest 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Odds.

The Dark Horses

He tends to run hot and cold, but Kyle Busch is undoubtedly one of the most talented drivers in the series. In fact, he has led more than 1,000 laps and posted a driver rating of more than 100.0 twice in the last three years, putting him in elite company. For Busch, it all comes down to whether or not he catches fire during the Chase. When he is at his best, he has shown he can be the best driver in the series.

While he didn’t have his most dominant season in 2014 by any means, Denny Hamlin still managed to be one of the four drivers competing for the title in last year’s finale, and if not for an untimely caution, he may have been the champion. Overall, Hamlin has finished third or better in the final standings in three of his eight full seasons at the Cup level. He is a driver you can never count out.

Although he didn’t win a race or even lead many laps last year, Ryan Newman came within a few laps of walking away the 2014 series champion thanks to mistake-free, consistent racing the entire season. The formula for success is not a guarantee to work again in 2015, but Newman has shown throughout his career that consistent top-15 finishes is something he can deliver year in and year out. There is no reason he can’t outlast the competition again this year and make a run at the championship.

Sleepers

His last two seasons have been marred by accidents that have taken a physical and mental toll on Tony Stewart, but with his broken leg getting closer to 100 percent and more time to come to terms with the Kevin Ward Jr. incident, “Smoke” could make a big rebound in 2015. The three-time series champ has shown he can come out of nowhere to win the title as recently as 2011, and his overall resume will put him in the Hall of Fame one day. Stewart’s best years may be behind him, but he is one of the best all-around drivers in series history and could have one more run left in him.

The recent struggles of Roush Fenway Racing have taken a serious toll on Carl Edwards’ numbers in recent years, but he did manage to win two races in 2014, and he has twice finished a close second in final standings during his career. This season, he makes the jump to Joe Gibbs Racing, and a change of scenery has proven to be a very good thing recently. Matt Kenseth finished second in the final standings and won seven races in his first year with JGR in 2013, and last year, Kevin Harvick won the title in his first year with Stewart-Haas Racing. Edwards could rebound in a big way in 2015.

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