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

Final Rankings: Fontana, 2015

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

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

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

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

Early Rankings: Fontana, 2015

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

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

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Fontana. 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 Daytona);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Fontana;
  • the loop data for the past eight races at the other tracks in the Large Ovals track group (i.e., Texas, Charlotte, Atlanta, Kansas, Chicago, Michigan and Kentucky);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Fontana; 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. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Ryan Newman
  7. Denny Hamlin
  8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  9. Matt Kenseth
  10. Kurt Busch Continue reading

Final Rankings: Phoenix I, 2015

Kevin Harvick is the clear favorite today at Phoenix. (photo courtesy nascar)

Kevin Harvick is the clear favorite today at Phoenix. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

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

Early Rankings: Phoenix I, 2015

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

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

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

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

The results:

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

Final Rankings: Las Vegas, 2015

Jimmie Johnson took over the top spot in my final Las Vegas rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Jimmie Johnson took over the top spot in my final Las Vegas rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

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

Early Rankings: Las Vegas, 2015

Kevin Harvick tops my early Las Vegas picks. (photo courtesy nascar)

Kevin Harvick tops my early Las Vegas picks. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

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

The results:

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

Final Rankings: Atlanta, 2015

Kevin Harvick is now my pick to win today at Atlanta. (photo courtesy nascar)

Kevin Harvick is now my pick to win today at Atlanta. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my final driver rankings for today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup 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. Kevin Harvick
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Jeff Gordon
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Kyle Larson
  7. Carl Edwards
  8. Ryan Newman
  9. Jamie McMurray
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Continue reading

Yahoo Fantasy NASCAR Alert: Atlanta, 2015

David Ragan will sub for Kyle Busch--run him while you can. (photo courtesy nascar)

David Ragan will sub for Kyle Busch–run him while you can. (photo courtesy nascar)

David Ragan will reportedly drive the 18 car for injured Kyle Busch at Atlanta this week, and for the foreseeable future while KyBu heals. If you play the Yahoo fantasy game, I recommend rostering Ragan in C group this week alongside Regan Smith (who pilots the 41 car for suspended Kurt Busch, also for the foreseeable future). Smith and Ragan are decent drivers at the Sprint Cup level, and now they’re in really good equipment—ride these horses while you have the chance.

Early Rankings: Atlanta, 2015

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

Jeff Gordon tops my early Atlanta rankings. (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, and Watkins Glen);
  • the loop data for the past four races (excluding Daytona);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Atlanta;
  • the loop data for the past eight 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. Matt Kenseth
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Denny Hamlin
  8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  9. Ryan Newman
  10. Carl Edwards Continue reading