Early Rankings: Kansas I, 2016

Kevin Harvick photo

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

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas. 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 Kansas;
  • the loop data for the past eight races at other tracks in the Large Ovals track group (i.e., Michigan, Kentucky, Fontana, Charlotte, Texas, Atlanta and Chicagoland);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Kansas; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past eight races at the aforementioned Large Ovals.

The results:

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

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