I'm not sure why this is an argument. Here in the US, total medal counts have ALWAYS been how it's been listed on every TV and in every newspaper I can remember since I was old enough to care to look (1980? 1976?) - it's not a better or worse way of presenting the information, it's just how it always IS (has been) around here.
No Jimmie Johnson or Tony Stewart in the top-3? Really? I like Jeff Burton as much as the next guy but in general the RCR boys peaked in March, and I don't see them as a factor. I think it is four-car battle: