Early Rankings: Las Vegas, 2013

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

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Daytona, Talladega and Watkins Glen);
  • the loop data for the past four races (excluding Daytona);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Las Vegas;
  • the loop data for the past seven races at the other tracks in the Steeps track group (i.e., Bristol, Darlington, Dover and Homestead);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Las Vegas; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past eight races at the aforementioned Steeps.

The results:

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

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