Early Rankings: Daytona II, 2015

Dale Earnhardt Jr. photo

Dale Jr. tops my early Daytona II rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s race at Daytona. I compiled them by crunching the loop data for the past four plate races, the qualifying data from the 2014 Daytona 500 and the spring Talladega race (because those are the most recent plate races 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. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Kasey Kahne
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. Denny Hamlin
  6. Jeff Gordon
  7. Joey Logano
  8. Martin Truex Jr.
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Paul Menard Continue reading

Final Rankings: Sonoma, 2015

Clint Bowyer photo

Clint Bowyer tops my final Sonoma rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

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

Early Rankings: Sonoma, 2015

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Martin Truex Jr. tops my early Sonoma rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

The results:

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Clint Bowyer
  3. Jeff Gordon
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Kurt Busch
  6. Carl Edwards
  7. Brad Keselowski
  8. Kyle Busch
  9. Kevin Harvick
  10. Joey Logano Continue reading

Final Rankings: Michigan I, 2015

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Kevin Harvick is my pick to win tomorrow at Michigan. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my final driver rankings for tomorrow’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. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Kasey Kahne
  6. Martin Truex Jr.
  7. Jeff Gordon
  8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. Carl Edwards Continue reading

Early Rankings: Michigan I, 2015

Kevin Harvick photo

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

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 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 eight races at the aforementioned Large Ovals.

The results:

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

Final Rankings: Pocono I, 2015

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

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

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

Mid-Week Rankings: Pocono I, 2015

Kevin Harvick photo

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

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

The results:

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

Final Rankings: Dover I, 2015

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Kevin Harvick remains my pick to win today at Dover. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

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

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