Power Rankings: Aug. 12, 2009

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    Tony Stewart (HHP/Alan Marler Photo)

    Tony Stewart (HHP/Alan Marler Photo)

    1. Tony Stewart
    No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
    Stewart dominated Monday’s rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) Int’l to earn his third victory of the season and extend his point lead. It was his fifth-career victory at the scenic New York road course.

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    2. Antron Brown
    Matco Tools Dragster, NHRA Top Fuel
    Having swept the Western Swing, Brown takes the Top Fuel point lead and five victories into this weekend’s event at Brainerd, Minn.

    3. Ron Hornaday, Jr.
    No. 33 Chevrolet, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
    Hornaday will put his five-race winning streak on the line when the series heads to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Aug. 19.

    4. Scott Dixon
    No. 9 Dallara-Honda, IRL IndyCar Series
    Dixon earned his 20th IRL victory, placing him on top of the series’ all-time list, while winning his fourth race of the season.

    5. Jimmy Mars
    No. 28 Late Model, Dirt Late Models
    Mars won the North/South 100 at Florence Speedway in Union, Ky., for his second $50,000 triumph in as many weeks.

    6. Gil de Ferran/Simon Pagenaud
    No. 66 Acura, American Le Mans Series
    After announcing he would retire at the end of the season, de Ferran and co-driver Pagenaud drove to their fourth-straight victory.

    7. Donny Schatz
    No. 15 Sprint Car, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
    Schatz was a top-five runner both nights at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., and extended his point lead.

    8. Bobby Santos III
    No. 98 Midget, Sprint Car and Silver Crown Cars, USAC
    Santos struggled during Thursday’s Silver Crown race at Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway, never recovering from a poor qualifying effort.

    9. Terry McCarl
    No. 24 Sprint Car, Winged Sprint Cars
    With three victories in two nights at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway, McCarl announced himself a contender to win this week’s Knoxville Nationals.

    10. Jenson Button
    No. 22 Brawn Mercedes, Formula One
    Button gets another week off before the Formula One circus returns to action at the Grand Prix of Europe in Valencia, Spain.