Final Rankings: Daytona I, 2015

Jimmie Johnson tops my Daytona 500 rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Jimmie Johnson tops my Daytona 500 rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

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 Daytona 500 qualifying speed chart numbers are out the window as well.

Fortunately, Thursday’s Budweiser Duel 150 races gave us fresh loop data to work with. I crunched that data and used it to update my early Daytona 500 rankings. The results:

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

One thought on “Final Rankings: Daytona I, 2015


    I know it is tough to do but it would be nice to have these earlier if possible. It is pretty late in the game to adjust all my rankings just a couple hours before the race..,But, thanks for your input and good luck!

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