Early Rankings: Kansas II, 2012

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas. 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 Talladega);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Kansas;
  • the loop data for the past eight races at the other tracks in the Large Ovals track group (i.e., Fontana, Charlotte, Atlanta, Texas, Chicago, Michigan and Kentucky);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Kansas; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past eight races at the aforementioned Large Ovals.

The results:

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

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