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Early Rankings: Atlanta, 2017

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Joey Logano tops my early Atlanta driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

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

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding  Daytona,  Talladega, and Watkins Glen);
  • the loop data for the past four races (excluding Daytona);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Atlanta;
  • the loop data for the past eight races at other tracks in the Large Ovals track group (i.e.,  Michigan,  Kentucky,  Fontana,  Charlotte,  Texas, and  Kansas);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Atlanta; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past seven races at the aforementioned Large Ovals.

Update 2/28/17: I’ve updated the rankings with the official Atlanta entry list.

The results:

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Jimmie Johnson
  6. Matt Kenseth
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  8. Chase Elliott
  9. Denny Hamlin
  10. Brad Keselowski Continue reading

DraftKings Driver Values: Atlanta, 2016

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KyBu starts at the rear today and therefore offers giganto DraftKings value. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my DraftKings driver points and price/point predictions for today’s race at Atlanta. To predict how many DraftKings points each driver will score today, I plugged my driver rankings for today’s race into my projection model, and Friday’s qualifying results. Then, to calculate each driver’s price/point, I simply divided each driver’s price by their predicted points.

My points projection model is a work in progress, so don’t take the below info as gospel. Still, I think it can provide big-picture help when crafting DraftKings lineups.

Note: The below table lists all drivers running today, and it’s sorted from lowest price/point to highest. If you’re on a small screen device, scroll the table horizontally with a finger drag to see all the columns: Continue reading

Final Rankings: Atlanta, 2016

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Kevin Harvick tops my final Atlanta driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my final driver rankings for today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta. I compiled them by crunching the practice and qualifying data from Atlanta on Friday and Saturday, and then melding it with the historical data:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. Matt Kenseth
  6. Brad Keselowski
  7. Denny Hamlin
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Carl Edwards
  10. Joey Logano Continue reading