Jimmie Johnson led for nearly sixty percent of the laps at the STP 500, but it was Kurt Busch that made the late surge and cruised into Victory Lane at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.  Busch’s victory bumped him up seven spots in the latest edition of NASCAR Power Rankings at The Wife Hates Sports.

That jump pushes Kurt Busch to just outside the top ten and lands him at the top of the list of biggest movers for the week.  Also joining him on the list are Clint Bowyer (also up seven spots), Marcos Ambrose (up six) and Aric Almirola (up four).

Meanwhile, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s third place finish helps vault him to the top spot in the rankings, while Jimmie Johnson’s runner-up performance bumps him up to second position.


Kurt Busch celebrates his STP 500 victory at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday

2014 NASCAR Power Rankings: Week 6


The Wife Hates Sports | Write-up by Kevin Paul | Rankings by Bill Schneider

Specifically, Bill Schneider – a friend of The Wife Hates Sports – has pieced together a unique ratings system that differs from all the mainstream rankings.  Along with the data he uses, Bill includes and incorporates recent finishes, as well as the big picture for the entire season.