Final Rankings: Atlanta, 2014

Jeff Gordon remains my pick to win today at Atlanta. (photo courtesy nascar)

Jeff Gordon remains my pick to win today at Atlanta. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Jimmie Johnson
  6. Carl Edwards
  7. Ryan Newman
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Denny Hamlin
  10. Tony Stewart Continue reading

Mid-Week Rankings: Atlanta, 2014

Jeff Gordon is the clear early favorite at Atlanta this week. (photo courtesy nascar)

Jeff Gordon is the clear early favorite at Atlanta this week. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

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

The results:

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Jimmie Johnson
  6. Matt Kenseth
  7. Clint Bowyer
  8. Tony Stewart
  9. Kyle Busch
  10. Carl Edwards Continue reading

Final Rankings: Bristol II, 2014

Jeff Gordon remains my pick to win Bristol today. (photo courtesy nascar)

Jeff Gordon remains my pick to win Bristol today. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

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

Yahoo Fantasy NASCAR Alert: Bristol II, 2014

Jeff Burton will reportedly drive the 14 car for Tony Stewart at Bristol this week. If you play the Yahoo fantasy game, I recommend rostering Burton in C group this week. And barring some sort of craziness in practice and qualifying, you should probably start him, too, in order to save precious Kyle Larson and/or Austin Dillon starts. Unless you’re awash in Larson/Dillon starts, of course.

Reminder: Counting this week’s race, there are 12 non-plate/non-road course races left this season.

Mid-Week Rankings: Bristol II, 2014

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

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

    Jeff Gordon tops my early Bristol rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

    Jeff Gordon tops my early Bristol rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

The results:

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

Final Rankings: Michigan II, 2014

Here are my final driver rankings for today’s race at Michigan. I compiled them by crunching the practice and qualifying data from Michigan 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. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  6. Kasey Kahne
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Greg Biffle
  10. Paul Menard Continue reading

Mid-Week Rankings: Michigan II, 2014

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

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

The results:

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

Final Rankings: Watkins Glen, 2014

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

  1. Marcos Ambrose
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. A.J. Allmendinger
  5. Jeff Gordon
  6. Brad Keselowski
  7. Clint Bowyer
  8. Carl Edwards
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. Joey Logano Continue reading

Mid-Week Rankings: Watkins Glen, 2014

Here are my mid-week driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen. 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 at Watkins Glen;
  • the loop data for the past four races at Sonoma;
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Watkins Glen; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past four races at Sonoma.

The results:

  1. Marcos Ambrose
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Clint Bowyer
  4. A.J. Allmendinger
  5. Carl Edwards
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Brad Keselowski
  9. Tony Stewart
  10. Jeff Gordon Continue reading