Sunday’s race in Fontana did not produce much of a change in the FLOPPER standings. Auto racing’s worst prize is still Paul Menard’s to win. Or lose – depending on your perspective. A few notes:
1.) Paul Menard still holds a decent lead, with four guys between 85 and 144 points behind him.
2.) There is still a chance for one of the others to make a late move to the top of these standings. Six races is a lot of time to make something happen in the FLOPPER chase.
3.) I’m surprised to see two Roush cars down here – Jamie McMurray and David Ragan. That is a big fall from 2005 when all five of its cars made the Chase.
4.) Not surprising, however, is finding three cars from Richard Petty Motorsports in this group. It makes you wonder how well Kasey Kahne would run if his teammates didn’t perform so poorly.
5.) Today I highlight a very surprising item – the fact that Paul Menard has completed more laps this season than anybody else on this list. He’s done a good job of staying on the track all year. Would you have guessed this? Menard’s 8,371 laps completed ranks him 11th among all drivers this season, ahead of five Chase drivers. Very impressive. (All Left Turns contributor Dale Watermill is the creator of the Watermill Score and the FLOPPER Award and edits the racing statistics blog 36 Races. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.)