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
  11. Kyle Larson
  12. Jamie McMurray
  13. Clint Bowyer
  14. Tony Stewart
  15. Greg Biffle
  16. Kasey Kahne
  17. Martin Truex Jr.
  18. Paul Menard
  19. Regan Smith
  20. David Ragan
  21. A.J. Allmendinger
  22. Sam Hornish Jr.
  23. Austin Dillon
  24. Aric Almirola
  25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  26. Danica Patrick
  27. Casey Mears
  28. Justin Allgaier
  29. Trevor Bayne
  30. #34 Car – Driver TBA
  31. Ty Dillon
  32. Michael Annett
  33. David Gilliland
  34. Cole Whitt
  35. Landon Cassill
  36. Reed Sorenson
  37. Alex Bowman
  38. Michael McDowell
  39. Ron Hornaday Jr.
  40. Josh Wise
  41. Jeb Burton #
  42. Travis Kvapil
  43. J.J Yeley
  44. Matt Dibenedetto
  45. Brett Moffitt
  46. Mike Wallace
  47. Brendan Gaughan
  48. Mike Bliss

One thought on “Early Rankings: Atlanta, 2015

  1. Jed Henson Post author

    I edited the rankings to reflect David Ragan taking the wheel of the 18 car (and not Erik Jones). Ragan’s replacement in the 34 car has not yet been announced.

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