Early Rankings: Dover I, 2015

Kevin Harvick photo

Kevin Harvick tops my early Dover rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my mid-week driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover. I compiled them by crunching:

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Daytona and Talladega);
  • the loop data for the past four races;
  • the loop data for the past four races at Dover;
  • the loop data for the past six races at the other tracks in the Steeps track group (i.e., BristolDarlingtonLas Vegas and Homestead);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Dover; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past six races at the aforementioned Steeps.

The results:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Matt Kenseth
  4. Jeff Gordon
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Kyle Busch
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Joey Logano
  9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  10. Martin Truex Jr. Continue reading

Final Rankings: Charlotte I, 2015

Kevin Harvick photo

Kevin Harvick remains my pick to win tonight at Charlotte. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my final driver rankings for tonight’s race at Charlotte. I compiled them by crunching the practice and qualifying data from Charlotte on Friday and Saturday, and then melding it with the historical data:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Kurt Busch
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Joey Logano
  6. Matt Kenseth
  7. Denny Hamlin
  8. Kasey Kahne
  9. Jeff Gordon
  10. Carl Edwards Continue reading

Mid-Week Rankings: Charlotte I, 2015

Kevin Harvick photo

Kevin Harvick tops my mid-week Charlotte rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my mid-week driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte. I compiled them by crunching:

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Daytona and Talladega);
  • the loop data for the past four races;
  • the loop data for the past four races at Charlotte;
  • the loop data for the past eight races at the other tracks in the Large Ovals track group (i.e., FontanaKansasAtlantaTexasChicagoMichigan and Kentucky);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Charlotte; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past eight races at the aforementioned Large Ovals.

Plus, I tweaked the results obtained with the above with data pulled from the All Star and Showdown qualifyings and races. The results:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Brad Keselowski
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Jeff Gordon
  6. Kasey Kahne
  7. Joey Logano
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  10. Matt Kenseth Continue reading

Early Rankings: All Star Race, 2015

Kevin Harvick photo

Kevin Harvick tops my early All Star Race rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup All Star and Sprint Showdown races at Charlotte. I compiled them by crunching:

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Daytona and Talladega);
  • the loop data for the past four races (excluding Talladega);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Charlotte;
  • the loop data for the past seven races at the other tracks in the Large Ovals track group (i.e., FontanaKansasAtlantaTexasChicagoMichigan and Kentucky);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Charlotte; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past seven races at the aforementioned Large Ovals.

Note: This early list doesn’t include whoever gets into the All Star race via the fan vote. And, if Martin Truex Jr. does in fact win the Showdown and get into the All Star race, I tentatively have him ranked 11th.

The results for the All Star race:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Kurt Busch
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Jeff Gordon
  7. Kasey Kahne
  8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  9. Matt Kenseth
  10. Kyle Busch Continue reading

Final Rankings: Kansas I, 2015

Kevin Harvick remains my pick to win at Kansas in my final rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Kevin Harvick remains my pick to win at Kansas in my final rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my final driver rankings for today’s race at Kansas. I compiled them by crunching the practice and qualifying data from Kansas on Friday and Saturday, and then melding it with the historical data:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Brad Keselowski
  4. Jeff Gordon
  5. Kasey Kahne
  6. Kyle Larson
  7. Carl Edwards
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  10. Matt Kenseth Continue reading

Early Rankings: Kansas I, 2015

Kevin Harvick is a big favorite in my early Kansas rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Kevin Harvick is a big favorite in my early Kansas rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas. I compiled them by crunching:

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Daytona and Talladega);
  • the loop data for the past four races;
  • the loop data for the past four races at Kansas;
  • the loop data for the past eight races at other tracks in the Large Ovals track group (i.e., Michigan, Kentucky, Fontana, Charlotte, Texas, Atlanta and Chicagoland);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Kansas; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past eight races at the aforementioned Large Ovals.

The results:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Jeff Gordon
  4. Kyle Larson
  5. Kurt Busch
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Brad Keselowski
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Kasey Kahne
  10. Carl Edwards Continue reading

Final Rankings: Talladega I, 2015

Kasey Kahne tops my final Talladega rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Kasey Kahne tops my final Talladega rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my final driver rankings for today’s race at Talladega. I compiled them by crunching the qualifying data from Talladega on Saturday, and then melding it with the historical data:

  1. Kasey Kahne
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. Joey Logano
  6. Denny Hamlin
  7. Greg Biffle
  8. Jeff Gordon
  9. Paul Menard
  10. Clint Bowyer Continue reading

Early Rankings: Talladega I, 2015

Joey Logano tops my early Talladega rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Joey Logano tops my early Talladega rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s race at Talladega. I compiled them by crunching the loop data for the past four plate races, the qualifying data from last year’s Daytona 500 (because that’s the last sorta-recent plate race in which qualifying didn’t involve drafting), and the loop data for this year’s Daytona Duels. Those metrics reflect speed, the ability to pass and the ability (and inclination) to run a lot of laps up front:

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Kasey Kahne
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Greg Biffle
  6. Denny Hamlin
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr
  8. Martin Truex Jr
  9. Kevin Harvick
  10. Jeff Gordon Continue reading

Final Rankings: Richmond I, 2015

Kevin Harvick remains my pick to win at Richmond tonight. (photo courtesy nascar)

Kevin Harvick remains my pick to win at Richmond tonight. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my final driver rankings for tonight’s race at Richmond. I compiled them by crunching the practice and qualifying data from Richmond on Friday, and then melding it with the historical data:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Jeff Gordon
  5. Kurt Busch
  6. Matt Kenseth
  7. Denny Hamlin
  8. Jamie McMurray
  9. Martin Truex Jr.
  10. Kyle Larson Continue reading

Mid-Week Rankings: Richmond I, 2015

Kevin Harvick tops my mid-week Richmond rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Kevin Harvick tops my mid-week Richmond rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my mid-week driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond. I compiled them by crunching:

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Daytona and Talladega);
  • the loop data for the past four races;
  • the loop data for the past four races at Richmond;
  • the loop data for the past seven races at four other tracks in the Flats track group (i.e., MartinsvillePhoenixPocono, Indy and New Hampshire);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Richmond; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past seven races at the aforementioned Flats.

The results:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Jeff Gordon
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Matt Kenseth
  6. Kurt Busch
  7. Jamie McMurray
  8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  9. Kasey Kahne
  10. Kyle Larson Continue reading