2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Rankings: Week 23 Edition

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2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Rankings: Week 23 Edition
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The battle at the top of the B/R driver rankings is as tight as Sunday's finish at Watkins Glen was.

Anyone who watched Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International came away with the feeling that they had just watched something special.

The race on the 2.45-mile road course had a little bit of everything. But most importantly, it had the kind of fantastic finish between eventual winner A.J. Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose that is sure to be replayed from video vaults for years to come.

Tom Jensen of FoxSports.com wrote, "In 212 prior starts, Allmendinger's best finish was a second at Martinsville Speedway in April 2012, but he never put a foot wrong on this day, waging a sensational fight with Ambrose over the final 10 laps, including a two-lap, green-flag shootout at the end."

It reminded everyone of how great the racing could be in the upcoming Chase for the Sprint Cup, which will now include the popular Allmendinger from the upstart, single-car JTG Daugherty racing team that includes former NBA standout Brad Daugherty among its owners.

See how it and the performances of others on the road course impacted this week's Bleacher Report driver rankings, which are based not only (but largely) on who's winning but also on who has the most momentum going forward, which drivers are clicking best with their crew chiefs and pit crews, and what it looks like for them around the next left turn (now that there are no more road courses left on the 2014 schedule).

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