Mid-Week Rankings: Talladega II, 2014

Denny Hamlin tops my mid-week Talladega II rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Denny Hamlin tops my mid-week Talladega II rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my mid-week driver rankings for this week’s race at Talladega. I compiled them by crunching the qualifying data from this year’s Daytona 500 (because that’s the only plate race this year in which qualifying didn’t involve drafting), and the loop data for the past three plate races. Those metrics reflect speed, the ability to pass and the ability (and inclination) to run a lot of laps up front:

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

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