Commentary

Power Rankings: Michigan

Updated: June 12, 2014, 1:14 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

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.

Biggest Mover

Dale Earnhardt Jr. jumps five spots, from sixth to first.

Biggest Loser

Kevin Harvick drops four spots, from fourth to eighth.

New This Week

Martin Truex Jr.

Dropped Out

Paul Menard

Also Considered

Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Michael Annett, Tim Richmond

1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Welcome to the annual Father's Day edition, when I watch a race with my nine-year old daughter and record her comments. For Dale Jr.: "Yay! He won! We should rank him No. 1 so people stop sending you mean Twitter stuff."

2. Jimmie Johnson

"Hey, Dad, you remember that time we had to go to Lowe's because I flushed a stuffed animal into the potty?"

3. Jeff Gordon

"He looks like a Dad. Is he a Dad?" (Google search about Gordon's family.) "Whoa ... is that his wife?"

4. Brad Keselowski

(Giggles) "Hey, this track is called Poke-your-nose and his car got poked in the nose by some trash. Get it?"

5. Matt Kenseth

"Dollar General! When school ends this week, if I get straight A's, can we go to Dollar General and buy some Barbie stuff?"

6. Joey Logano

"Pocono, Logano, Pocono, Logano, Po-gano, Lo-cono, pogo stick, log on oh, Pocono, Logano ... " (This goes on for at least ten minutes.)

7. Denny Hamlin

"FedEx should totally let him deliver packages with his racecar."

8. Kevin Harvick

"This is the Happy dude, right? I bet his favorite song is 'Happy' by Pharrell. Maybe he plays it inside the car during the race. I would."

9. Kyle Busch

"They make M&M's with peanut butter in them? You know what they should do? Make M&M's with peanut butter and jelly. That reminds me. Can you please make me a sandwich?"

10. Kyle Larson

"This dude looks like he could go to my school."

11. Carl Edwards

"It's Subway guy! Seriously, Dad, I really want a sandwich."

12. Clint Bowyer

"Remember when he was on Duck Dynasty? I bet when he got in all trouble last year for faking a crash that Phil the 'Duck Dynasty' dad called him and gave him a speech."

13. Greg Biffle

"Say this as many times as you can as fast you can. Biffle Biffle Biffle Biffle Biffle Biffle Biffle ... " (This also goes on for at least ten minutes.)

14. Brian Vickers

"Hey Dad, your name is Ryan, but I've heard a lot of people call you Brian. I wonder if people call this Brian Ryan."

15. Ryan Newman

"And I bet people call this Ryan Brian, too."

16. Tony Stewart

"He apologized to his team for messing up and losing the race? That was nice. See, Dad, now he'll probably apologize for yelling at you at that race when the track broke up (Dover)."

17. Jamie McMurray

"You know what would be hilarious? Since he drives the McDonald's car they should have his pit crew dress up like a bunch of Ronald McDonalds."

18. Austin Dillon

"Are people really mad about his number three? Maybe it's not for Dale Junior's dad. Maybe it's because he really likes Babe Ruth."

19. Kasey Kahne

"I met him at the racetrack, remember? We were the exact same height."

20. Martin Truex Jr.

"Does he have kids? If he does he should name them Martin True-Y and Martin True-Z juniors."

Ryan McGee | email

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