NASCAR Statistics Analysis: Dover

Something a little different this week in the Stats Analysis section. Our statistics guru, Steve McClearn, has been slaving away in the corporate world, so we’ve given the stats analysis to our resident orangutans.

Looking at most people’s favorite statistic, Best Drivers by Track, we’ve taken it a step further. Let’s get each driver’s median finish at not only Dover, but tracks which are similar to Dover. These are: Bristol, Miami-Homestead, Las Vegas, & Darlington.

Now, let’s combine those median finishes and average them to see who ranks the best. That’s what we have here:

Combined Similar NASCAR Tracks Averages
Rank Driver Dover Bristol Miami Vegas Darlington Avg
1 Jeff Gordon 7 7 8 10 3 7.0
2 Jimmie Johnson 8 13 8.5 3.5 4 7.4
3 Mark Martin 6 14.5 7.5 5.5 9 8.5
4 Greg Biffle 9.5 9.5 1 12 12 8.8
5 Tony Stewart 5 17 11 7 10 10.0
6 Jeff Burton 11 12.5 12.5 8 9 10.6
7 Denny Hamlin 9 14 18 6.5 6 10.7
8 Carl Edwards 12 12 8 14 8 10.8
9 Ryan Newman 5 15.5 23 9 5 11.5
10 Kevin Harvick 19 5.5 7.5 13 14 11.8
11 Matt Kenseth 9 7.5 21 6 19.5 12.6
12 Bobby Labonte 13 18.5 10 12.5 13 13.4
13 Dale Jarrett 11 15.5 20.5 14.5 10 14.3
14 Kurt Busch 15.5 7 21 16 13 14.5
15 Dale Earnhardt Jr 16 9 19 19.5 11 14.9
16 Clint Bowyer 8 18.5 10 25.5 16 15.6
17 Martin Truex Jr 6 27.5 17 16 12.5 15.8
18 Jamie McMurray 15 17.5 18 15 16 16.3
19 Jeremy Mayfield 19 17 13 17 16 16.4
20 Kyle Busch 5 8.5 39.5 6 23 16.4
21 Kasey Kahne 21 16.5 16 19.5 13 17.2
22 Ricky Rudd 12 22 21 19 16.5 18.1
23 Ward Burton 33 17.5 14 22 12 19.7
24 Joe Nemechek 25.5 27 19.5 19 21 22.4
25 Elliott Sadler 18 24 25.5 28 18 22.7
26 Ken Schrader 27 14 29 26 18 22.8
27 Brian Vickers 23 20 27.5 23 23 23.3
28 Casey Mears 24 27.5 26.5 9 34 24.2
29 Scott Riggs 23 24.5 15 28.5 30.5 24.3
30 Mike Bliss 32.5 17 39.5 16 19 24.8
31 David Ragan 28 33.5 0 37 27 25.1
32 Michael Waltrip 24 22 34 22 28.5 26.1
33 Dave Blaney 29 26 23 26 27 26.2
34 Reed Sorenson 19 29 22 35.5 25.5 26.2
35 Tony Raines 30.5 26.5 16.5 21.5 39 26.8
36 Kyle Petty 26 25 27 28.5 28 26.9
37 Kenny Wallace 28 26 22 34.5 24 26.9
38 Juan Pablo Montoya 31 24.5 34 22 23 26.9
39 JJ Yeley 33.5 32 30 17.5 22 27.0
40 Robby Gordon 26 26.5 29 26.5 28 27.2
41 Jeff Green 29 27 33.5 27 22 27.7
42 Johnny Sauter 26 25 0 31.5 29 27.9
43 David Stremme 36 24.5 26.5 26.5 29.5 28.6
44 David Gilliland 28 40 33 21 30 30.4
45 AJ Allmendinger 33 37.5 0 0 36 35.5