Final Rankings: Sonoma, 2011

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

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Marcos Ambrose
  3. Ryan Newman
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. Jamie McMurray
  6. Kasey Kahne
  7. Juan Pablo Montoya
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Clint Bowyer
  10. Tony Stewart
  11. Kevin Harvick
  12. A.J. Allmendinger
  13. Martin Truex, Jr.
  14. Brad Keselowski
  15. Joey Logano
  16. Paul Menard
  17. Jimmie Johnson
  18. Kyle Busch
  19. Mark Martin
  20. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  21. Greg Biffle
  22. Robby Gordon
  23. David Gilliland
  24. David Ragan
  25. Matt Kenseth
  26. Jeff Burton
  27. Boris Said
  28. Carl Edwards
  29. Bobby Labonte
  30. Regan Smith
  31. David Reutimann
  32. Brian Vickers
  33. Dave Blaney
  34. Andy Lally
  35. Casey Mears
  36. Joe Nemechek
  37. P.J. Jones
  38. Terry Labonte
  39. Andy Pilgrim
  40. Chris Cook
  41. Brian Simo
  42. David Mayhew(i)
  43. Mike Skinner(i)

2 thoughts on “Final Rankings: Sonoma, 2011

  1. b henson

    When I compare Vickers to Logano, I think Vickers is at least comparable. I’m wondering if your model is “punishing” Vickers for missing the race last season.

  2. Jed Henson

    Yeah, you’re right, my model is punishing Vickers. I’ve set up a scoring system that awards drivers points for their performance in practice, qualifying and the race for each race. Vickers didn’t get points for road courses last year, so that hurts him in this model.

    I also agree that that makes Vickers’ ranking in my model inaccurate. He probably doesn’t belong down there with the Blaney’s and Lally’s. I’ll have to see if I can figure out a way to account for the problem.

    Thanks for the feedback!

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