Early Rankings: Pocono I, 2013

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono. 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 Pocono;
  • the loop data for the past eight races at the other tracks in the Flats track group (i.e., Martinsville, Phoenix, Indy, Richmond and New Hampshire);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Pocono; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past eight races at the aforementioned Flats.

The results:

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

One thought on “Early Rankings: Pocono I, 2013

  1. Erik Allen

    Tough week given Toyota’s changes to the engines. Love the 48, everyone else has questions. I’m not totally sold on the 99 (his success at Pocono is a number of years in the past), nor any of the Toyotas. I guess I probably like the 5 out of all the non-48 options.

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