Early Rankings: Daytona I, 2013

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s race at Daytona. I compiled them by crunching the loop and qualifying data for the 2012 races at Daytona and Talladega, which reflects speed, the ability to pass and the ability (and inclination) to run a lot of laps up front. I’ve also crunched and included the data from Practice 2 and Qualifying last weekend:

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

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