Top ten after Sears Point

Top 10 at a glance -- A weekly look at NASCAR Winston Cup's Top 10 drivers. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 23, 2003) -- The following is a glance at the NASCAR Top 10 in the championship as the NASCAR Winston Cup Series enters an off weekend. The ...

Top ten after Sears Point

Top 10 at a glance -- A weekly look at NASCAR Winston Cup's Top 10 drivers.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 23, 2003) -- The following is a glance at the NASCAR Top 10 in the championship as the NASCAR Winston Cup Series enters an off weekend. The NASCAR Winston Cup Series will resume next week with Saturday evening's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, Race 17 of 36 on the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule.

No. 1 -- Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Ford), Roush Racing.
Points: 2396. Previous ranking: 1. Kenseth finished 14th in Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, marking just the third time this season he was been unable to secure a top-10 finish. It also snapped a six-race streak of top-10 performances, his first outside the top 10 since finishing 22nd at Martinsville. Kenseth remains at No. 1 for the 13th consecutive week and only had 11 points shaved off his points lead as a result of Sunday's effort. Overall, he has been in the NASCAR Top 10 for 15 of the 16 weeks.

No. 2 -- Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet), Hendrick Motorsports.
Points: 2222. Previous ranking: 3. Gordon finished runner-up to Robby Gordon at Sonoma and the performance allowed him to unseat Dale Earnhardt for the No. 2 ranking. It is a season-best ranking and marks his ninth consecutive week among the top five in the championship race. Gordon, the NASCAR Top 10 preseason No. 1 as voted by media, slipped past Earnhardt Jr. by two points and trails No. 1 Kenseth by 174. The runner-up finish was his third top-three effort in the last four races (2nd at Dover, 3rd at Michigan) and sixth top-five finish of the season.

No. 3 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet), Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Points: 2220. Previous ranking: 2. Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th at Sonoma, but despite the solid effort on a road course he was unable to maintain the No. 2 ranking. He fell to No. 3, two points behind No. 2 Gordon and 176 behind No. 1 Kenseth, and it ended an eight-week run at No. 2, which was a career-best ranking. He does, however, remain among the top five in the championship chase for the 10th week in a row.

No. 4 -- Bobby Labonte (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet), Joe Gibbs Racing.
Points: 2136. Previous ranking: 4. Labonte finished ninth at Sonoma -- his seventh top-10 finish in the last eight races -- to remain at No. 4 and also close the gap to 84 points on No. 3 Earnhardt Jr. and 86 on No. 2 Gordon. Overall, he trails No. 1 Kenseth by 260. Labonte has been ranked No. 4 for four consecutive weeks and in the NASCAR Top 10 for seven straight weeks.

No. 5 -- Michael Waltrip (No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet), Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
Points: 2024. Previous ranking: 6. Waltrip finished 13th at Sonoma to move up to No. 5 following three weeks in a row at No. 6. It marks his first time among the top five in the championship since being ranked No. 4 following Texas. Overall, he has been situated in the NASCAR Top 10 for the entire season, one of only two drivers to do so (Jimmie Johnson is the other). He also held the No. 1 ranking on two different occasions during the season, joining No. 1 Kenseth as the only drivers to hold that lofty ranking for multiple weeks. Waltrip is 112 points behind No. 4 Labonte and 372 behind No. 1 Kenseth.

No. 6 -- Kurt Busch (No. 97 Rubbermaid Ford), Roush Racing. Points: 2012. Previous ranking: 5. Following his series-leading third win of the season last week at Michigan, Busch was 28th at Sonoma and the finish cost him a position in the NASCAR Top 10. Busch fell one slot to No. 6, ending a run of 10 consecutive weeks among the top five in the championship. The last time he was outside the top five was when he was ranked sixth following Darlington. He is just 12 points behind No. 5 Waltrip and 384 behind No. 1 Kenseth.

No. 7 -- Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet), Hendrick Motorsports.
Points: 1965. Previous ranking: 7. Johnson finished 17th at Sonoma -- his fourth consecutive performance outside the top 10 -- but maintained the No. 7 ranking for the fourth consecutive week. He and No. 5 Waltrip are the only drivers to be ranked in the NASCAR Top 10 every week this season. He has been ranked as high as third -- which was his position during the first three weeks of the season -- and has not dipped lower than eighth. Johnson trails No. 6 Busch by 47 points and No. 1 Kenseth by 431.

No. 8 -- Rusty Wallace (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge), Penske Racing South.
Points: 1940. Previous ranking: 8. Wallace finished eighth at Sonoma for his sixth top-10 finish of the season, five of which have come in the last eight races. He has been in the NASCAR Top 10 for six consecutive weeks and has spent the last four ranked a season-best eighth. He has closed to 25 points of No. 7 Johnson and 72 of No. 6 Busch.

No. 9 -- Kevin Harvick (No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet), Richard Childress Racing.
Points: 1901. Previous ranking: 11. Harvick finished third at Sonoma to return to the NASCAR Top 10 following a one-week absence. He improved two positions this week to No. 9 for his 13th week in the NASCAR Top 10 overall. The performance at Sonoma ended a slide of four consecutive weeks of finishes outside the top 10 and was his best effort since taking sixth at Richmond. He is 39 points behind No. 8 Wallace and 64 behind No. 7 Johnson.

No. 10 -- Sterling Marlin (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge), Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.
Points: 1892. Previous ranking: 9. Marlin, who had three top-seven finishes in his last four races, finished 18th at Sonoma and the result cost him one position in the NASCAR Top 10. He is ranked No. 10 and has been in the NASCAR Top 10 for three consecutive weeks and five out of the last six. Despite the slip, he is just nine points behind No. 9 Harvick and 48 behind No. 8 Wallace.

NASCAR Top 10 this week:

1. Matt Kenseth 2396 points 2. Jeff Gordon 2222 (-174) 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2220 (-176) 4. Bobby Labonte 2136 (-260) 5. Michael Waltrip 2024 (-372) 6. Kurt Busch 2012 (-384) 7. Jimmie Johnson 1965 (-431) 8. Rusty Wallace 1940 (-456) 9. Kevin Harvick 1901 (-495) 10. Sterling Marlin 1892 (-504)

Weeks at No. 1: Kenseth, 13; Waltrip, 2; Busch, 1.

New arrivals in the NASCAR Top 10 this week: No. 9 Harvick.

Most weeks in the NASCAR Top 10: Waltrip, Johnson, 16; Kenseth, Busch, 15.

Largest gain among the NASCAR Top 10: No. 9 Harvick, 2 positions.

Dropped out of the NASCAR Top 10 this week: No. 10 Mark Martin.

-nascar-

shares
comments
Sears Point unofficial race results

Previous article

Sears Point unofficial race results

Next article

Benson turns car into coffee table

Benson turns car into coffee table
Load comments
From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview Prime

From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview

The death of Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Daytona 500 shocked NASCAR to the core. At the Daytona 24 Hours, two weeks before his fatal accident, ‘The Intimidator’ shared his expectations of challenging for an eighth Cup title with JONATHAN INGRAM, in an article first published in the 15 February 2001 issue of Autosport magazine. Little did we know then what tragedy would unfold…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death Prime

The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death

On February 18, 2001, seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Earnhardt – the fearless ‘Intimidator’ – was in his element at Daytona International Speedway. While his own DEI team’s cars ran 1-2 towards the finish line, his famed #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo was playing rear gunner to block any late runs from the chasing pack. As the cars tore through Turns 3 and 4 on that fateful final lap, Earnhardt maintained the strongarm tactics that encapsulated his persona… but his actions in those moments sadly proved to be his last.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR Prime

Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup Series is changing. Whether it be the gradual morphing out the seasoned drivers of yesterday as the next generation step up, a radical calendar shake-up featuring more road courses than ever before and the prospect of an all-new car on the horizon, stock car racing’s highest level is nearing the end of a huge facelift.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2021
The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021 Prime

The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 13, 2021
Why Kyle Larson can't blow his big shot at redemption Prime

Why Kyle Larson can't blow his big shot at redemption

From a disgraced NASCAR exile, Kyle Larson has been given a chance of redemption by the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports squad. Effectively replacing seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is no easy billing, but Larson has every intention of repaying the team's faith...

NASCAR Cup
Feb 11, 2021
Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon Prime

Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon

In this exclusive one-on-one interview, Roger Penske reveals the inner drive that has made him not only a hugely successful team owner and businessman but also the owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar. He spoke to David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Dec 28, 2020
Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started Prime

Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started

Chase Elliott's late charge to the 2020 NASCAR Cup title defied predictions that it would be a Kevin Harvick versus Denny Hamlin showdown. While the two veterans are showing no signs of slowing down, Elliott's triumph was a window into NASCAR's future…

NASCAR Cup
Nov 18, 2020
Why Kyle Larson deserves his second chance in a cancel culture Prime

Why Kyle Larson deserves his second chance in a cancel culture

“You can’t hear me? Hey n*****” Those fateful words uttered by Kyle Larson, spoken into his esports headset on April 12, were directed at his sim racing spotter – but instead they quickly became amplified around the world via social media, including his own Twitch stream.

NASCAR Cup
Oct 29, 2020