Early Rankings: Richmond I, 2012

Here are my mid-week driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond. 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 (excluding Daytona and Talladega);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Richmond;
  • the loop data for the past eight races at the other tracks in the Flats track group (i.e., Martinsville, Phoenix, New Hampshire, Pocono and Indy);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Richmond; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past eight races at the aforementioned Flats.

The results:

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Carl Edwards
  5. Kyle Busch
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. Ryan Newman
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Kasey Kahne
  10. Brad Keselowski
  11. Greg Biffle
  12. Juan Pablo Montoya
  13. Jeff Burton
  14. Mark Martin
  15. A.J. Allmendinger
  16. Matt Kenseth
  17. Martin Truex, Jr.
  18. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  19. Jamie McMurray
  20. Paul Menard
  21. Tony Stewart
  22. Joey Logano
  23. Marcos Ambrose
  24. Regan Smith
  25. Aric Almirola
  26. Bobby Labonte
  27. Casey Mears
  28. Kurt Busch
  29. David Reutimann
  30. David Ragan
  31. Landon Cassill
  32. Dave Blaney
  33. David Gilliland
  34. Joe Nemechek
  35. David Stremme
  36. Scott Speed
  37. Michael McDowell
  38. Mike Bliss
  39. J.J. Yeley
  40. Travis Kvapil
  41. Josh Wise
  42. Scott Riggs
  43. Reed Sorenson(i)
  44. Stephen Leicht
  45. Stacy Compton

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