Headlines were aplenty at the Oral-B USA 500 over the weekend.

The biggest headline started with the return of Tony Stewart, his first race since the death of Kevin Ward Jr.  Stewart’s stay was short at Atlanta Motor Speedway, after a crash on the 170th lap that landed him in 41st place.

It was Kasey Kahne that emerged victorious in the race, outlasting Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin for his first win of the season.  The victory earns Kahne a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Danica Patrick also made some headlines of her own, with a very respectable sixth place finish.

None of the aforementioned drivers had a major impact on last week’s NASCAR Power Rankings top five at The Wife Hates Sports.  In fact, no one from that elite group finished in the top ten at Atlanta.

Joey Logano maintains his position in first, following a 14th place finish.  Kevin Harvick (19th at Atlanta) jumps ahead of Jeff Gordon (17th) and into second place, as Dale Earnhardt Jr. (11th) remains in fourth.  Brad Keselowski (39th) rounds out the top five.

Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne – the top four finishers at Atlanta – follow the previous group, and currently sit in the sixth through ninth place spots.

Kasey Kahne ahead of the pack at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Kasey Kahne ahead of the pack at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Next up: Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6th

2014 NASCAR Power Rankings: Week 25

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