Early Rankings: Bristol I, 2016

Kevin Harvick photo

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

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

Here are my early driver rankings for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol. 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 Bristol;
  • the loop data for the past five 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 five races at the aforementioned Steeps.

The results:

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

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