Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Putty's driver rankings

This is new to the blog, untested, so after a few weeks I may tweak it a little bit. The way I have created the system is to give points to each top ten driver over the past three races. I also give bonus points to the top three drivers in laps led over the same span. The system is big on wins; the top three drivers in this week’s rankings are also the three most recent winners. Anyway, here we go.

1. Kyle Busch – Seventh, a win, and third. Hard to be beat that right now, and Kyle isn’t just lucking into these finishes – he has led laps in his last three races.
2. Kurt Busch – The older Busch is running just as a good as Kyle right now. If I had factored in the All-Star race, Kurt might have been number one.
3. Denny Hamlin – Was running fifth before he broke his splitter at Charlotte. Hamlin is definitely back on track though after a rough start to the 2010 season.
4. Jamie McMurray – Second in two of his past three races, Jamie Mac is possibly having his best season ever.
5. David Reuitimann- David has two consecutive fifth place finishes and is reminding everyone he is still the man at MWR. Engines are starting to hold up.
6. Jeff Burton – I found something a little ironic in looking at Jeff’s past three finishes. We all know he was furious with Kyle this past weekend. Maybe its because he finished one spot behind him at Darlington, then again as a runner up at Dover?
7. Jeff Gordon – He hasn’t been as strong since Darlington, but is still running near the front. The wins will come soon.
8. Matt Kenseth – I feel like Matt has been off the radar since Martinsville. But in typical Kenseth fashion, he sits a third in the points and eight in my rankings.
9. Kevin Harvick – Like Kenseth, Kevin isn’t making much noise, yet he is leading the points. He will have to get more top 5’s and a couple more wins if he wants to win this championship.
10. Mark Martin – Has run terrible lately, but this team somehow manages to find their way into the top 5. If they start running better, watch out!

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