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Final Rankings: Watkins Glen, 2013

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

  1. Marcos Ambrose
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Juan Pablo Montoya
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Clint Bowyer
  6. Martin Truex, Jr.
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Carl Edwards
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. A.J. Allmendinger Continue reading

Mid-Week Rankings: Watkins Glen, 2013

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

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Daytona, Talladega and Sonoma);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Watkins Glen;
  • the loop data for the past four races at Sonoma;
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Watkins Glen; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past four races at Sonoma.

The results:

  1. Marcos Ambrose
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Juan Pablo Montoya
  5. Kurt Busch
  6. Martin Truex, Jr.
  7. Carl Edwards
  8. Jeff Gordon
  9. Kevin Harvick
  10. Clint Bowyer Continue reading

Final Rankings: Watkins Glen, 2012

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

  1. Marcos Ambrose
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Juan Pablo Montoya
  5. Tony Stewart
  6. Martin Truex, Jr.
  7. Jeff Gordon
  8. Carl Edwards
  9. Greg Biffle
  10. Ryan Newman Continue reading

Mid-Week Rankings: Watkins Glen, 2012

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. I compiled them by crunching:

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Daytona and Talladega);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Sonoma;
  • the loop data for the past four races at Watkins Glen;
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Sonoma; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past four races at Watkins Glen.

The results:

  1. Marcos Ambrose
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Juan Pablo Montoya
  5. Tony Stewart
  6. Martin Truex, Jr.
  7. Denny Hamlin
  8. Jeff Gordon
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. Carl Edwards Continue reading

Race Preview: Watkins Glen

Jimmie Johnson took the pole last year at Watkins Glen.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series heads to Watkins Glen, N.Y., this week for a run at Watkins Glen International, a 2.45-mile road course featuring 11 turns (including right-handers) with a variety of banking ranging from 6 degrees to 10 degrees. Only twice a year does the series visit the twisty road courses at Sonoma and Watkins Glen, N.Y., and when it does, fantasy NASCAR players and handicappers must adjust to the fact that many of the regular Sprint Cup front runners just don’t run very well on road courses, and some of the typically slow drivers jump way up in value on these tracks. In addition, we must also ponder the value of the ringers—i.e., the road-course specialists imported into NASCAR just for these races.

As always, we must attempt to gauge the Glen’s predictability as well. On the down side, the historical data is relatively thin because we have only the two 2009 road-course races and the June race at Sonoma to evaluate (there’s little point in looking at any oval-track data this week, or any older data). In addition, the race is certain to feature a fair number of wrecks, and road-course wrecks have a tendency to collect other cars, a tendency the move to double-file restarts seems to exacerbate.

On the other hand, Weather.com’s forecast at press time calls for good weather at the Glen this week, with consistent temps, mostly sunny skies, and almost no chance of rain, so we should get good practice and qualifying data. Continue reading