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Early Rankings: Homestead, 2013

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

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Watkins Glen and Talladega;
  • the loop data for the past four races;
  • the loop data for the past four races at Homestead;
  • the loop data for the past seven races at the other tracks in the Steeps track group (i.e., BristolDarlingtonLas Vegas and Dover);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Homestead; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past seven races at the aforementioned Steeps.

The results:

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

Final Rankings: Homestead, 2012

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

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

Mid-Week Rankings: Homestead, 2012

Here are my mid-week driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead, Fla. I compiled them by crunching:

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

The results:

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

Final Rankings: Homestead, 2011

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

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Greg Biffle
  3. Matt Kenseth
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Tony Stewart
  7. David Ragan
  8. A.J. Allmendinger
  9. Jeff Gordon
  10. Martin Truex Jr. Continue reading

Mid-Week Rankings: Homestead, 2011

Here are my mid-week driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead. I compiled them by crunching the loop, practice and qualifying data for the 2011 races at Charlotte, Texas and Atlanta:

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Tony Stewart
  3. Greg Biffle
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Jimmie Johnson
  6. A.J. Allmendinger
  7. David Ragan
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Kasey Kahne
  10. Kurt Busch Continue reading

Race Preview Update: Homestead

Carl Edwards snagged a front-row starting spot Friday, and he's my pick up finish up front, too. (Photo Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup teams got in all three practice sessions and qualifying at Homestead Friday and Saturday. To handicap the race, I crunched the numbers from those prelim sessions to produce initial rankings, and then I merged those rankings with the historical rankings I produced earlier this week (weighting the results heavily toward the initial rankings). Finally, I tweaked the results per the 10-lap averages in practices 2 and 3.

I came up with this top six:

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Jeff Gordon
  3. Jamie McMurray
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Kyle Busch
  6. David Reutimann Continue reading

Race Preview: Homestead

Jimmie Johnson glides past the palm trees at Homestead in last year's race. (Photo Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Well, race fans, it’s that time: the last race of the season down at Miami at Homestead. Homestead is a 1.5-mile track with 20 degrees of banking, making it pretty similar to the so-called cookie cutter tracks at Texas, Charlotte and Atlanta (1.5 milers with 24 degrees of banking), Chicagoland (a 1.5 miler with 18 degrees of banking) and Las Vegas (a 1.5 miler with 20 degrees of banking). To handicap the race, I crunched the qualifying and practice data from the 2010 races at Las Vegas and Chicagoland, and the fall 2010 races at Texas, Charlotte, and Atlanta. I then compiled the loop data from those same races and merged the results of the two analysis to come up with the below rankings.

I did not look at the 2009 race at Homestead because that race was an entire year ago, and I just can’t see its data having much value. I also excluded the spring races at Texas, Charlotte and Atlanta because that older data also has diminished value, and I think that with all the other data on hand, I can be choosy (i.e., my data sample size is OK as is).

I came up with this top eight: Continue reading