Early Rankings: Michigan I, 2013

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

The results:

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

2 thoughts on “Early Rankings: Michigan I, 2013

  1. Erik Allen

    I’ve got no idea how to rank the 78 this week. Fastest all weekend in practice, but clearly not a very top team. I’ve got him with about the 7th best projection.

  2. Jed Henson Post author

    I hear ya. Tough to discount him with all that speed. I’ve got him 6th.

    I forget which major team the 78 is aligned with? RCR maybe?

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