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Rankings: Johnson's streak sets tone for Chase

That's Racin's weekly ranking of the top 40 teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. (Last week's ranking in parentheses):

1. (1) Kyle Busch -- car No. 18

Your regular-season champion. He can't count on his 40-point cushion being enough.

2. (3) Jimmie Johnson -- car No. 48

Really more like 1A after two straight wins. Clear Chase co-favorites with 18 team.

3. (2) Carl Edwards -- car No. 99

Chase is heavy with intermediate tracks, and that's right in this team's wheelhouse.

4. (4) Kevin Harvick -- car No. 29

Piling up top-10 finishes in past two months. Could be the sleeper team in the Chase.

5. (5) Tony Stewart -- car No. 20

A championship run by a team breaking up like this one would be truly unexpected.

6. (8) Denny Hamlin -- car No. 11

Third-place finishes in the past three races. Don't go to sleep on these guys in Chase.

7. (9) Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- car No. 88

If this team can get back consistency it had early on it could do some Chase business.

8. (6) Greg Biffle -- car No. 16

Really haven't seen anything close to championship-level results from this team this year.

9. (10) Jeff Burton -- car No. 31

New Hampshire a good track for this team, so at least a good Chase start is possible.

10. (11) Jeff Gordon -- car No. 24

If this team could switch on title-worthy performance it would have flipped it by now.

11. (7) Matt Kenseth -- car No. 17

A 39th-place at Richmond is better than one at New Hampshire if you're in the Chase.

12. (12) Clint Bowyer -- car No. 07

Seeded fifth on bonus points and tie-breakers. This is another team about to break up.

13. (13) David Ragan -- car No. 6

14. (14) Kasey Kahne -- car No. 9

15. (17) Mark Martin/Aric Almirola -- car No. 8

16. (15) Brian Vickers -- car No. 83

17. (18) Martin Truex Jr. -- car No. 1

18. (16) Ryan Newman -- car No. 12

19. (21) David Reutimann -- car No. 44

20. (20) Kurt Busch -- car No. 2

21. (19) Jamie McMurray -- car No. 26

22. (23) Casey Mears -- car No. 5

23. (22) Juan Pablo Montoya -- car No. 42

24. (24) Bobby Labonte -- car No. 43

25. (26) David Gilliland -- car No. 38

26. (27) Travis Kvapil -- car No. 28

27. (25) Elliott Sadler -- car No. 19

28. (28) Scott Riggs -- car No. 66

29. (29) Paul Menard -- car No. 15

30. (33) Reed Sorenson -- car No. 41

31. (32) Regan Smith -- car No. 01

32. (30) AJ Allmendinger -- car No. 84

33. (31) Robby Gordon -- car No. 7

34. (37) Dave Blaney -- car No. 22

35. (35) Patrick Carpentier -- car No. 10

36. (36) Michael Waltrip -- car No. 55

37. (34) Sam Hornish Jr. -- car No. 77

38. (40) Michael McDowell -- car No. 00

39. (38) Joe Nemechek -- car No. 78

40. (39) Bill Elliott -- car No. 21

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