Mid-Week Rankings: Indy, 2012

Here are my mid-week driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis. 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 (excluding Daytona, Talladega and Sonoma);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Indy;
  • 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 Richmond);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Indy; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past eight races at the aforementioned Flats.

The results:

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Jeff Gordon
  4. Kasey Kahne
  5. Greg Biffle
  6. Mark Martin
  7. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  8. Kevin Harvick
  9. Carl Edwards
  10. Kyle Busch
  11. Clint Bowyer
  12. Ryan Newman
  13. Tony Stewart
  14. Matt Kenseth
  15. Juan Pablo Montoya
  16. Martin Truex, Jr.
  17. Brad Keselowski
  18. Jamie McMurray
  19. Jeff Burton
  20. Paul Menard
  21. Marcos Ambrose
  22. Trevor Bayne
  23. Joey Logano
  24. Regan Smith
  25. Sam Hornish, Jr.
  26. Aric Almirola
  27. Bobby Labonte
  28. Kurt Busch
  29. Casey Mears
  30. David Ragan
  31. David Reutimann
  32. Landon Cassill
  33. David Gilliland
  34. Dave Blaney
  35. David Stremme
  36. Travis Kvapil
  37. Reed Sorenson
  38. Joe Nemechek
  39. Michael McDowell
  40. Scott Riggs
  41. Scott Speed
  42. Mike Bliss
  43. Mike Skinner
  44. Josh Wise
  45. Ken Schrader
  46. Stephen Leicht
  47. Driver of #49 TBA

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