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NASCAR Power Rankings: Talladega

Note: The quotes in this article are fictional. 1. Jimmie Johnson — Johnson avoided disaster at Talladega, running quietly in the back of the pack for most of the race while strategizing for a strong run to the finish. As two late-race pileups picked off some of his closest pursuers, and fuel problems hampered others, Johnson coasted to a sixth-place finish, and now leads Mark Martin by 184 points. "I guess you could say we laid 'Lowe's,'" Johnson said. "Anyway, I kind of like the view from behind." "I admittedly didn't sleep well leading up to the race. But after those two big wrecks, you could say I slept like a champ on Sunday night."   2. Mark Martin — Martin's No. 5 Pop Tarts Chevrolet briefly went airborne in the race-ending cras...

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