Early Rankings: Martinsville I, 2016

Kevin Harvick photo

Kevin Harvick tops my early Martinsville I driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Update: I’ve completed my final Martinsville driver rankings.

Here are my early driver rankings for next 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 nine 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 nine races at the aforementioned Flats.

The results:

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

One thought on “Early Rankings: Martinsville I, 2016

  1. Jeremy

    Logano might just gain the determination he needs from the lack of popularity amongst the fans at Martinsville for a win this week!

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