Jimmie Johnson went from no wins and no chance to two wins and no chance … for anyone else, that is. Six-Time has his mojo back and that means trouble for the rest of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field. The doubters were few and far between, but they're silenced now as the 48 looks like the champion that we've come to know over the past decade. But was it enough for the unranked driver in the Magic Mile Power Rankings three weeks ago to vault all the way to No. 1?

Here's a look at the MMPR heading into Race 14 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday:

1. Matt Kenseth - Lost in the dominant return of Jimmie Johnson (was he ever gone?) is the consistency of Kenseth. The No. 20 for Joe Gibbs Racing finished third in Charlotte and third in Dover. The only thing eluding the points leader now is a win.
Previous ranking: Second, +1

2. Jimmie Johnson - Kind of embarrassing to think that three weeks ago everyone was wondering what was wrong with the winless 48 team. Two races and, more importantly, two wins later, the six-time Sprint Cup Series champion is once again the favorite to win it all.
Previous ranking: NR

3. Jeff Gordon - It says a lot that seventh- and 15th-place finishes in Charlotte and Dover, respectively, have people talking about a slump for Gordon. Yeah, it's been that good a year so far.
Previous ranking: First, -2

4. Brad Keselowski - Welcome back, Bad Brad. The 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion enters Pocono this weekend with back-to-back top 10s, including a runner-up in Dover, where no one was going to catch Johnson.
Previous ranking: NR

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Junior was in New Hampshire on Tuesday and Wednesday of this past week, spending more than 18 hours on the Magic Mile's 1.058-mile oval. He might have benefitted the most out of the Hendrick Motorsports test and tune given he's the only HMS driver to never win in Loudon. Oh, and he has four top-10s in his last six Cup starts.
Previous ranking: Fourth, -1

6. Kevin Harvick - Only Jimmie Johnson has more laps led this season than Happy Harvick. He even led 24 laps at Dover despite ending up in 17th - that after finished second in back-to-back races at Kansas and Charlotte.
Previous ranking: Fifth, -1

7. Carl Edwards - The back-flipping Missourian has had a relatively quiet season, in spite of a win at Bristol. That said, he still ranks third in points. Maybe he's just biding his time for the Chase?
Previous ranking: Ninth, +2

8. Joey Logano - It's been contend or bust for Sliced Bread with two wins, a fourth, 12th and eighth sandwiched around 35th- and 32nd-place finishes.
Previous ranking: Third, -5

9. Denny Hamlin - It's good to see the No. 11 string some solid finishes together. It's been a tough climb for Hamlin since his crash last year in California, but it looks like he's finally coming back into form.
Previous ranking: Tenth, +1

10. Paul Menard - Don't look now, but the Menard's Chevy driven by Menard is one of only seven drivers with seven or more top-10s this season. How's that for consistency? Now, about that whole victory lane thing.
Previous ranking: NR

Wave Around: Clint Bowyer - It's about time this guy makes a run, is it not? A fourth at Dover is a step in the right direction, that's for sure.

Previous MMPR No. 1s
Week 1 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Week 2 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Week 3 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Week 4 - Brad Keselowski
Week 5 - Carl Edwards
Week 6 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Week 7 - Jeff Gordon
Week 8 - Jeff Gordon
Week 9 - Jeff Gordon
Week 11 - Jeff Gordon
Week 13 - Jeff Gordon

*This list is comprised of drivers that compete in the Sprint Cup Series on full-time basis.

By GAVIN FARETRA

NHMS staff

 

'Magic Mile' Power Rankings: Pocono

 

Jimmie Johnson went from no wins and no chance to two wins and no chance … for anyone else, that is. Six-Time has his mojo back and that means trouble for the rest of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field. The doubters were few and far between, but they're silenced now as the 48 looks like the champion that we've come to know over the past decade. But was it enough for the unranked driver in the Magic Mile Power Rankings three weeks ago to vault all the way to No. 1?

 

Here's a look at the MMPR heading into Race 14 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday:

 

1. Matt Kenseth - Lost in the dominant return of Jimmie Johnson (was he ever gone?) is the consistency of Kenseth. The No. 20 for Joe Gibbs Racing finished third in Charlotte and third in Dover. The only thing eluding the points leader now is a win.

Previous ranking: Second, +1

 

2. Jimmie Johnson - Kind of embarrassing to think that three weeks ago everyone was wondering what was wrong with the winless 48 team. Two races and, more importantly, two wins later, the six-time Sprint Cup Series champion is once again the favorite to win it all.

Previous ranking: NR

 

3. Jeff Gordon - It says a lot that seventh- and 15th-place finishes in Charlotte and Dover, respectively, have people talking about a slump for Gordon. Yeah, it's been that good a year so far.

Previous ranking: First, -2

 

4. Brad Keselowski - Welcome back, Bad Brad. The 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion enters Pocono this weekend with back-to-back top 10s, including a runner-up in Dover, where no one was going to catch Johnson.

Previous ranking: NR

 

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Junior was in New Hampshire on Tuesday and Wednesday of this past week, spending more than 18 hours on the Magic Mile's 1.058-mile oval. He might have benefitted the most out of the Hendrick Motorsports test and tune given he's the only HMS driver to never win in Loudon. Oh, and he has four top-10s in his last six Cup starts.

Previous ranking: Fourth, -1

 

6. Kevin Harvick - Only Jimmie Johnson has more laps led this season than Happy Harvick. He even led 24 laps at Dover despite ending up in 17th - that after finished second in back-to-back races at Kansas and Charlotte.

Previous ranking: Fifth, -1

 

7. Carl Edwards - The back-flipping Missourian has had a relatively quiet season, in spite of a win at Bristol. That said, he still ranks third in points. Maybe he's just biding his time for the Chase?

Previous ranking: Ninth, +2

 

8. Joey Logano - It's been contend or bust for Sliced Bread with two wins, a fourth, 12th and eighth sandwiched around 35th- and 32nd-place finishes.

Previous ranking: Third, -5

 

9. Denny Hamlin - It's good to see the No. 11 string some solid finishes together. It's been a tough climb for Hamlin since his crash last year in California, but it looks like he's finally coming back into form.

Previous ranking: Tenth, +1

 

10. Paul Menard - Don't look now, but the Menard's Chevy driven by Menard is one of only seven drivers with seven or more top-10s this season. How's that for consistency? Now, about that whole victory lane thing.

Previous ranking: NR

 

Wave Around: Clint Bowyer - It's about time this guy makes a run, is it not? A fourth at Dover is a step in the right direction, that's for sure.

 

Previous MMPR No. 1s

Week 1 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Week 2 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Week 3 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Week 4 - Brad Keselowski

Week 5 - Carl Edwards

Week 6 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Week 7 - Jeff Gordon

Week 8 - Jeff Gordon

Week 9 - Jeff Gordon

Week 11 - Jeff Gordon
Week 13 - Jeff Gordon

*This list is comprised of drivers that compete in the Sprint Cup Series on full-time basis.