Early Rankings: Las Vegas, 2016

Kevin Harvick photo

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

Update: I’ve now completed my final Las Vegas driver rankings.

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.

Note: I haven’t found an entry list yet, so these rankings probably include drivers who won’t run at Las Vegas, and might omit drivers who will.

The results:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Carl Edwards
  7. Matt Kenseth
  8. Martin Truex Jr.
  9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  10. Kurt Busch
  11. Denny Hamlin
  12. Kasey Kahne
  13. Kyle Larson
  14. Jamie McMurray
  15. Ryan Newman
  16. Paul Menard
  17. Austin Dillon
  18. Greg Biffle
  19. Clint Bowyer
  20. Chase Elliott
  21. Aric Almirola
  22. A.J. Allmendinger
  23. Brian Vickers
  24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  25. Ryan Blaney
  26. Regan Smith
  27. Brian Scott
  28. Ty Dillon
  29. Danica Patrick
  30. Casey Mears
  31. David Ragan
  32. Trevor Bayne
  33. Alex Bowman
  34. Chris Buescher
  35. Michael Annett
  36. Landon Cassill
  37. Michael McDowell
  38. Cole Whitt
  39. Matt DiBenedetto
  40. Travis Kvapil
  41. J.J Yeley
  42. Jeb Burton
  43. Alex Kennedy
  44. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  45. Reed Sorenson

One thought on “Early Rankings: Las Vegas, 2016

  1. Fantasy Racing Expert

    Looks good! I currently have my top 5:
    1. Kevin Harvick
    2. Brad Keselowski
    3. Kyle Busch
    4. Dale Earnhardt Jr
    5. Joey Logano

    Waiting on the practice and qualify data to finish my projections.

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