Early Rankings: Bristol II, 2016

Kevin Harvick photo

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

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

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

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding DaytonaTalladega, Watkins Glen and Sonoma;
  • 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. Carl Edwards
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Matt Kenseth
  6. Brad Keselowski
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Martin Truex Jr.
  10. Jimmie Johnson
  11. Kyle Larson
  12. Kasey Kahne
  13. Jeff Gordon
  14. Ryan Newman
  15. Ryan Blaney
  16. Jamie McMurray
  17. Austin Dillon
  18. Chase Elliott
  19. Paul Menard
  20. Greg Biffle
  21. Tony Stewart
  22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  23. AJ Allmendinger
  24. Aric Almirola
  25. Clint Bowyer
  26. Trevor Bayne
  27. Casey Mears
  28. David Ragan
  29. Danica Patrick
  30. Chris Buescher
  31. Landon Cassill
  32. Michael McDowell
  33. Brian Scott
  34. Matt DiBenedetto
  35. Regan Smith
  36. Cole Whitt
  37. Michael Annett
  38. Josh Wise
  39. Reed Sorenson
  40. Jeffrey Earnhardt

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