Mid-Week Rankings: Atlanta, 2012

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

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

The results:

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

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