Early Rankings: New Hampshire II, 2016

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire. 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 New Hampshire;

    Kevin Harvick photo

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

  • the loop data for the past eight races at the other tracks in the Flats track group (i.e., Martinsville, Phoenix, Indy, Pocono and Richmond);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at New Hampshire; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past eight races at the aforementioned Flats.

The results:

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

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