Mid-Week Rankings: Indy, 2016

Kyle Busch photo

KyBu tops my early Indy driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

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

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Daytona, Talladega and Sonoma);
  • the loop data for the past four races (excluding Daytona and Sonoma);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Indy;
  • the loop data for the past seven races at the other tracks in the Flats track group (i.e., Martinsville, Phoenix, New Hampshire, Pocono and Richmond);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Indy; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past seven races at the aforementioned Flats.

The results:

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

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