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Final Rankings: Kansas II, 2016

Martin Truex Jr photo

Martin Truex Jr. remains my pick to win tomorrow’s Kansas II race in my final driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

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

Early Rankings: Kansas II, 2016

Martin Truex Jr photo

Martin Truex Jr. tops my early Kansas II driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Update: I’ve posted my final Kansas II driver rankings, which improve upon the below early rankings.

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

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

The results:

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

DraftKings Lineups: Kansas I, 2016

Austin Dillon photo

For help in DraftKing’s $7K range tonight at Kansas look at Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my top 15 DraftKings NASCAR driver lineups for tonight’s race at Kansas. To compile them, first I plugged my final driver rankings for tonight’s race and Friday’s qualifying results into my driver points projection model to project how many DraftKings points each driver will score at Kansas I. Then I ran those points projections through an algorithm I created in Google Sheets with the OpenSolver add-on, which chewed through all possible driver combinations to spit out the 15 best lineups for today’s race.

The results are in descending order, and the total predicted points have been rounded to the nearest hundredth. If you’re on a small-screen device, scroll the table horizontally with a finger-drag to see all the columns.

The lineups: Continue reading