Final Rankings: Talladega I, 2014

The practice speed chart numbers have long held very little predictive value at the restrictor plate races because the cars draft during plate practices. And now, unfortunately, they draft during qualifying, too, so the qualifying speed chart numbers are out the window as well.

The point? I have little new information to use to update my early Talladega rankings. I did cruise around online this morning to get a feel for other handicappers’ rankings, and I then made some tweaks to mine. The results:

  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  2. Matt Kenseth
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Martin Truex Jr.
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Ryan Newman
  8. Carl Edwards
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Jeff Gordon
  11. Paul Menard
  12. Kasey Kahne
  13. Brian Vickers
  14. Kevin Harvick
  15. Danica Patrick
  16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  17. Marcos Ambrose
  18. Greg Biffle
  19. Denny Hamlin
  20. Kurt Busch
  21. Trevor Bayne
  22. Clint Bowyer
  23. Casey Mears
  24. Tony Stewart
  25. Jamie McMurray
  26. Aric Almirola
  27. Austin Dillon
  28. Kyle Larson
  29. Michael Waltrip
  30. David Gilliland
  31. AJ Allmendinger
  32. David Ragan
  33. Brian Scott
  34. Justin Allgaier
  35. Josh Wise
  36. Michael McDowell
  37. Dave Blaney
  38. J.J Yeley
  39. Landon Cassill
  40. Michael Annett
  41. Cole Whitt
  42. Alex Bowman
  43. Terry Labonte
  44. Joe Nemechek
  45. Eric McClure
  46. Ryan Truex
  47. Reed Sorenson

One thought on “Final Rankings: Talladega I, 2014

  1. Jed Henson Post author

    Heh, I just realized I didn’t cross-check these rankings with the actual starting lineup before the race, so there’re four drivers included who didn’t race. Doh!

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