Early Rankings: Martinsville II, 2017

Kyle Busch photo

Kyle Busch tops my early Martinsville II driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Update: I’ve posted my final Martinsville II driver rankings, which improve upon the below early rankings.

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

  • The loop data for the past 15 Cup races (excluding Daytona, Sonoma, Watkins Glen and Talladega);
  • the loop data for the past four races;
  • the loop data for the past four races at Martinsville;
  • the loop data for the past seven races at the other tracks in the Flats track group (i.e., RichmondPhoenixIndyPocono and New Hampshire);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Martinsville; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past seven races at the aforementioned Flats.

The results:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Martin Truex Jr
  3. Kyle Larson
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Denny Hamlin
  7. Kevin Harvick
  8. Chase Elliott
  9. Jimmie Johnson
  10. Joey Logano
  11. Jamie McMurray
  12. Erik Jones
  13. Ryan Blaney
  14. Ryan Newman
  15. Dale Earnhardt Jr
  16. Kurt Busch
  17. Kasey Kahne
  18. Clint Bowyer
  19. AJ Allmendinger
  20. Austin Dillon
  21. Paul Menard
  22. Daniel Suarez
  23. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
  24. Aric Almirola
  25. Danica Patrick
  26. Trevor Bayne
  27. Ty Dillon
  28. Michael McDowell
  29. Chris Buescher
  30. David Ragan
  31. Landon Cassill
  32. Matt DiBenedetto
  33. Cole Whitt
  34. Corey LaJoie
  35. JJ Yeley (Hermie Sadler?)
  36. Reed Sorenson
  37. #83 Car TBA
  38. Carl Long
  39. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  40. #51 Car TBA

Note: To crunch loop data, I use the Statistics Wizard on Fantasy Racing Cheatsheet.

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