Early Rankings: Kentucky, 2016

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Brad Keselowski tops my early Kentucky driver rankings.. (photo courtesy nascar)

Update: I’ve posted my final Kentucky driver rankings, which improve upon these early rankings.

Here are my mid-week driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky. I compiled them by crunching:

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Daytona II, Talladega and Sonoma;
  • the loop data for the past four races at Kentucky;
  • the loop data for the past seven races at other tracks in the Large Ovals track group (i.e., FontanaKansasTexasCharlotte, Atlanta and Michigan;
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Kentucky; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past eight races at the aforementioned Large Ovals.

The results:

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

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