The chase to set NASCAR's 12-driver field for 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup is on. Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson is the runaway leader in the point standings after 11 races, but does that mean he's atop this week's Bleacher Report Power Rankings heading into the Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 points race that will follow at Charlotte Motor Speedway?
What about the remarkable consistency of Carl Edwards? Or the three wins already registered by Matt Kenseth, who has battled through adversity to keep going to Victory Lane?
Taking into account all factors, including a driver's ability to overcome poor racing luck, run consistently fast laps and win races, these 12 drivers have proven to be a cut above their competition so far this season.