Mid-Week Rankings: Watkins Glen, 2013

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

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Daytona, Talladega and Sonoma);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Watkins Glen;
  • the loop data for the past four races at Sonoma;
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Watkins Glen; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past four races at Sonoma.

The results:

  1. Marcos Ambrose
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Juan Pablo Montoya
  5. Kurt Busch
  6. Martin Truex, Jr.
  7. Carl Edwards
  8. Jeff Gordon
  9. Kevin Harvick
  10. Clint Bowyer
  11. Greg Biffle
  12. Kasey Kahne
  13. A.J. Allmendinger
  14. Denny Hamlin
  15. Jamie McMurray
  16. Ryan Newman
  17. Joey Logano
  18. Brad Keselowski
  19. Matt Kenseth
  20. Brian Vickers
  21. Jeff Burton
  22. Paul Menard
  23. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  24. Max Papis
  25. Casey Mears
  26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  27. Aric Almirola
  28. Boris Said
  29. Michael McDowell
  30. Ron Fellows
  31. David Ragan
  32. Danica Patrick
  33. David Gilliland
  34. David Reutimann
  35. Owen Kelly
  36. Alex Kennedy
  37. Victor Gonzalez Jr.
  38. Travis Kvapil
  39. Landon Cassill
  40. David Stremme
  41. Brian Keselowski
  42. Dave Blaney
  43. Joe Nemechek

One thought on “Mid-Week Rankings: Watkins Glen, 2013

  1. Jane R. Dominguez

    The last time that Brian Vickers was behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup car he went to victory lane (Loudon), but I’ll tell you right now that that isn’t going to happen on Sunday. There’s no doubt in my mind that this team has the capabilities of running top 15 at the Glen this weekend, but it would surprise me if Vickers was able to get anywhere close to the top 5. He might be able to sneak into the top 10, but even that would be a little surprising. The #55 Toyota was 8th on the speed chart in Happy Hour and has to get a little boost in these rankings because the other Michael Waltrip Racing cars are bad fast. That being said, Vickers hasn’t had a top 10 finish here at The Glen since 2005 and I don’t see that changing on Sunday. He ran a respectable race at Sonoma back in June, finishing 13th after starting all the way back in 34th.

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