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Monday, June 20, 2011

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings - Week 16 - Prized prospect bullish on Braxton and Buckeyes -

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Prized prospect bullish on Braxton and Buckeyes

Ejuan Price is out, but Curtis Grant remains all in. Grant heard about what was going on at Ohio State the past several months -- the NCAA investigation, the resignation of coach Jim Tressel, the departure of quarterback Terrelle Pryor -- but the top-ranked member of the 2011 recruiting class never wavered from his intention to become a Buckeye. If anything, the linebacker from Richmond, Va., said, the troubles have served as motivation for not only him but also two of his fellow freshmen, defensive back Doran Grant and quarterback Braxton Miller. ... "I told Braxton he's got to lead that offense, and that I am going to do my best to come in and try to get a starting spot, and try to lead the defense the best way I can. There isn't a lot we can do about the [NCAA] stuff right now."

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings - Week 16
1 (4) Carl Edwards 11 No one not named Denny Hamlin did a better job of putting his Pocono nightmare behind him. The bad news? Infineon's not his favorite place, with two top-10s and an average finish of 19th in six starts.
2 (7) Kyle Busch 9 The only car to run up front with the Fords all race. He finished third at Pocono and at Michigan. And he won at Infineon in 2008. Not bad.
3 (5) Matt Kenseth 8 In a fair world, he might be one spot higher. But in a fair world his Infineon stats wouldn't be so bad (one top-10 in 11 tries) that he literally laughs whenever someone mentions them.
4 (3) Kevin Harvick 8 He looked like Harry Gant running that high line, but ended up letting the rough side drag -- literally. Still, he moved up two spots in the point standings, and he finished third at Infineon one year ago.
5 (6) Denny Hamlin 6 Victory Lane interview for "NASCAR Now" ... Me: "Relieved to finally get a win out of the way to bank toward the Chase?" Him: "Dude, you have no idea."
6 (2) Jimmie Johnson 9 Sunday morning's "SportsCenter" team said I could talk about any topic I wanted. I nearly went with "Jimmie's never won at Michigan but this will be his day!" I'm glad I went in another direction.
7 (1) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 8 Leading up to the weekend we told you that Dale Jr. would be a factor at Michigan. He was, but not the way he wanted, bringing out the caution that set up the wild last dash.
8 (8) Kurt Busch 8 Won his third straight pole, but was shuffled back to 11th in that last scrum. Don't expect much this weekend. He has three Infineon top-10s, but the last one came five years ago.
9 (11) Tony Stewart 6 Summer's warming up, and Smoke feels like he is, too. That's two top-10s in three weeks. He's a two-time Infineon winner and riding a streak of four straight top-10s in NoCal.
10 (10) Ryan Newman 7 Crazy stat of the weekend: While researching NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud Moore, who was featured on the side of Newman's car, I realized he never won at Michigan as a car owner. How can that be?

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