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

Final Rankings: Bristol I, 2015

Kevin Harvick remains on top in my final Bristol rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Kevin Harvick remains on top in my final Bristol rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

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

Early Rankings: Bristol I, 2015

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

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

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 and Talladega);
  • the loop data for the past four races;
  • 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.

The results:

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

Final Rankings: Texas I, 2015

Kevin Harvick tops my final Texas rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Kevin Harvick tops my final Texas rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Kurt Busch
  6. Jeff Gordon
  7. Kasey Kahne
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Ryan Newman
  10. Martin Truex Jr. Continue reading

Early Rankings: Texas I, 2015

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

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

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas. 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 Texas;
  • the loop data for the past eight races at the other tracks in the Large Ovals track group (i.e., Fontana, Charlotte, Atlanta, Kansas, Chicago, Michigan and Kentucky);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Texas; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past eight races at the aforementioned Large Ovals.

The results:

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

Final Rankings: Martinsville I, 2015

Jeff Gordon took over the top spot in my final rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Jeff Gordon took over the top spot in my final rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

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

Early Rankings: Martinsville I, 2015

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

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

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville. 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 Martinsville;
  • the loop data for the past eight races at the other tracks in the Flats track group (i.e., RichmondPhoenixIndyPocono and New Hampshire);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Martinsville; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past eight races at the aforementioned Flats.

The results:

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