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Early Rankings: Chicagoland, 2013

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

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding DaytonaTalladegaSonoma and Watkins Glen);
  • the loop data for the past four races;
  • the loop data for the past four races at Chicagoland;
  • the loop data for the past eight races at other tracks in the Large Ovals track group (i.e., MichiganKentuckyFontanaCharlotteTexas, Atlanta and Kansas);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Chicagoland; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past eight races at the aforementioned Large Ovals.

The results:

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Carl Edwards
  3. Clint Bowyer
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Kasey Kahne
  6. Kyle Busch
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Jeff Gordon
  9. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  10. Martin Truex, Jr. Continue reading

Final Rankings: Chicagoland, 2012

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

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Mark Martin
  4. Kasey Kahne
  5. Carl Edwards
  6. Martin Truex, Jr.
  7. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  8. Clint Bowyer
  9. Matt Kenseth
  10. Greg Biffle Continue reading

Mid-Week Rankings: Chicagoland, 2012

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

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

The results:

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Greg Biffle
  4. Mark Martin
  5. Martin Truex, Jr.
  6. Kasey Kahne
  7. Kyle Busch
  8. Jeff Gordon
  9. Carl Edwards
  10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Continue reading

Final Rankings: Chicagoland, 2011

Here are my final driver rankings for this weekend’s race at Chicagoland. I compiled them by crunching the practice and qualifying data from Chicagoland Friday and Saturday, and then melding it with the historical data:

  1. Matt Kenseth
  2. Ryan Newman
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Carl Edwards
  5. Greg Biffle
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Paul Menard
  9. Jeff Gordon
  10. Brad Keselowski Continue reading

Mid-Week Rankings: Chicagoland, 2011

Here are my mid-week driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the big-flat track at Chicagoland. I compiled them by crunching the loop, practice and qualifying data for the 2011 races at Fontana, Michigan, Kansas and Kentucky:

  1. Matt Kenseth
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Tony Stewart
  4. Ryan Newman
  5. Jimmie Johnson
  6. Jeff Gordon
  7. Carl Edwards
  8. Greg Biffle
  9. David Ragan
  10. Mark Martin Continue reading

Race Preview Update: Chicagoland

My apologies, race fans, for the delay is posting a race-preview update for Chicagoland, and for the brief update I’m posting now. I’m on vacation out in San Diego and am finding my computer time severely limited.

So, I did manage to crunch Friday’s practice and qualifying data, and I used the results of that analysis to come up with updated rankings for tonight’s race:

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Jeff Gordon
  3. Kasey Kahne
  4. Kurt Busch

Johnson’s wife delivered their baby, so the champ should be ready to roll tonight. Continue reading

Race Preview: Chicagoland

The Red Bull cars started on the front row at Chicagoland last year. (Photo Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

This week the series heads to Joliet, Ill., for a run on Chicagoland Speedway. Chicagoland is a 1.5-mile, d-shaped track with 18 degrees of banking in the turns. These stats place it squarely in the big-flat track category, along with the tracks at Michigan, California, Kansas, Pocono and Indianapolis. This means we have plenty of historical data at our disposal this week, and that alone improves this race’s predictability quite a bit.

In addition, Weather.com says the Joliet area should receive clear, sunny skies Friday and Saturday, further bolstering predictability.

Finally, Chicagoland is not as big as Michigan, Pocono, etc., so it typically sees fewer races decided by fuel mileage than the giant flat tracks. At the same time, it remains big enough to produce fewer of the on-track accidents and pit-road incident that rear their head at many of the smaller tracks on the circuit. Continue reading