Mid-Week Rankings: New Hampshire II, 2014

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

Brad Keselowski tops my early New Hampshire II rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Brad Keselowski tops my early New Hampshire II rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding DaytonaTalladega, Watkins Glen and Sonoma);
  • the loop data for the past four races;
  • the loop data for the past four races at New Hampshire;
  • the loop data for the past seven races at the other tracks in the Flats track group (i.e., Martinsville, Phoenix, Indy, Pocono and Richmond);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at New Hampshire; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past seven races at the aforementioned Flats.

The results:

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

Final Rankings: Chicagoland, 2014

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

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

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

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Carl Edwards
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Kasey Kahne
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Paul Menard
  10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Continue reading

Early Rankings: Chicagoland, 2014

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

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

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland. 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;
  • the loop data for the past four races at Chicagoland;
  • 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 Kansas);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Chicagoland; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past eight races at the aforementioned Large Ovals.

The results:

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

Final Rankings: Richmond II, 2014

Kevin Harvick remains my pick to win tonight at Richmond.

Kevin Harvick remains my pick to win tonight at Richmond.

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. Jeff Gordon
  3. Brad Keselowski
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Clint Bowyer
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Jamie McMurray
  10. Denny Hamlin Continue reading

Mid-Week Rankings: Richmond II, 2014

Kevin Harvick tops my early Richmond rankings.

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

Here are my early 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, Watkins Glen and Sonoma;
  • 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. Jeff Gordon
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. Matt Kenseth
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Denny Hamlin
  10. Kasey Kahne Continue reading

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