Early Rankings: Texas I, 2013

Today’s post goes up in honor of my sister Mandy Henson, who died yesterday. She was a enthusiastic, dyed-in-the-wool Dale Jr. fan from the time he began running in the Sprint Cup. Here’s hoping the 88 can recapture a little Texas magic this weekend.

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

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

The results:

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

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