There's a new flag planted at the top of the NASCAR mountain. Actually, make that two—one American flag, and one blue flag with a large No. 2 emblazoned on the side.
Of course, that statement refers to Brad Keselowski's post-victory tradition of doing burnouts with an American flag out his driver side window. Sunday night saw him perform the most rewarding burnout of all: the post-championship burnout, after he claimed his first Sprint Cup championship, and the first for Penske Racing at this level.
But with the thrill of victory for one party comes the agony of defeat for another, and that's what Jimmie Johnson and his crew felt after Sunday's 36th-place finish ended their championship hopes. Johnson, the only other driver with a chance at the title, had a chance to make up the 20-point deficit before two major miscues brought it all crashing down.
With no more races left on the schedule, we're down to the final power rankings of the season. And without further ado, here they are: