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Each week of the Sprint Cup season, ESPN The Magazine's Ryan McGee ranks the top 20 drivers in the series. Don't agree with McGee's list? Let him -- and the rest of the world -- know in the conversation section at the bottom of the page. But remember, make your mama proud.
Jimmie Johnson jumps seven spots, from eighth to first.
Ryan Newman and AJ Allmendinger fall four spots each.
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1. Jimmie Johnson
I haven't posted this in a while, but seeing as how he's finally won and put the monster in Monster Mile, here you go: Watch
2. Kevin Harvick
While his teammates keep piling up parts in the salvage yard, Happy keeps on rolling with one win and two runner-ups over the last five races. He's never won at Dover, but does have five top-10s in his last six visits.
3. Jeff Gordon
As we look back on the 20th anniversary of his first Cup win, the Artist Formerly Known As Wonder Boy is still plenty wondrous, with three top-two finishes in six races. He's also on a streak of three straight top-fours at Dover.
4. Joey Logano
Sliced Bread's most famous Dover moment may always be his '09 barrel roll, but he might finally exorcise that demon with a win this Sunday. He's on a four-race top-10 streak and finished third last fall.
5. Matt Kenseth
How's a man with no wins ranked this high? Because he's stealthily racked up seven top-10s in eight races. And he could pick up a top-5 at Dover even if they made him run the car backwards. Hey, there's an idea ...
6. Kyle Busch
Speaking of lights out at Dover since 2010 Shrub has cranked out seven top-seven finishes in eight races. The only miss was a blown engine two years ago. Good thing. He could use a gentle momentum swing.
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Speaking of needed swings, Little E has scored two of his season's worst four finishes over the last three points-paying races. On the bright side, he did finish second at Dover last fall, leading 80 laps.
8. Carl Edwards
Cuz & Co. seem to be working out their intermediate track woes, but they still have work to do at Dover. He used to be an automatic top-three finisher, but over the last two years he's averaged a 20th-place finish.
9. Brian Vickers
The Sherriff might be having the quietest good season in the entire garage. During the month of May he posted finishes of fourth, 14th, and sixth, moving from 12th to eighth in points.
10. Denny Hamlin
I wouldn't be surprised if Hambone hasn't purchased the Times Square New Years Eve clock and set it to countdown to the green flag at Pocono.
11. Brad Keselowski
Bad Brad leads a pack of guys who is closing out a May that could be renamed Meh. Finished 38th, 13th, and 10th, moved from 11th to ninth in points. Meh.
12. Greg Biffle
Finished second, 16th, and 21st, dropping from eighth to 11th in points. All together now! Meh.
13. Ryan Newman
Finished 18th, 11th, and 15th, went from ninth to eighth and then back to ninth in points. (You have to shrug your shoulders and squint like Robert DeNiro when you do it) Meh.
14. Kyle Larson
Finished ninth, 12th, and 18th, went from 13th to 12th and then back to 13th in points. Rookie meh.
15. Austin Dillon
Finished 15th, 19th, and 16th, dropping from 14th to 15th in points. Double rookie meh.
16. Kasey Kahne
Nothing meh here. Ole Blue Eyes isn't having his annual late spring/early summer hot streak, but with four finishes of 14th or better, including a third at Kansas, he's definitely warming up.
17. Jamie McMurray
The good news? Jamie Mac closed out May with a win and a solid 5th-place finish. The bad news? Only half of those races paid any points.
18. Clint Bowyer
Finished third, 23rd, and 17th, dropped from 18th to 20th in points. Is it too late to go back to the meh thing?
19. AJ Allmendinger
OK, clearly it's not. Dinger finished fifth, 30th, and 23rd, falling from 15th to 18th in points. AJ All-meh-ndinger.
20. Paul Menard
No meh-heavy rankings would be complete without an appearance from Paul Meh-nard, though with a pair of top-eight finishes over the last three races, he's been a little better than that.