Statistics can be made to support damn near any point of view. And though it’s no real shock that Jeff Gordon is leading this week’s Loop Data statistics from NASCAR — a season-worst 13th and five other finishes of sixth-or-better and the points lead will do that — the fact is, numbers can lie.
And how do I know this? Michael Waltrip (that’s what’s left of him and his car at Bristol, above) leads all drivers in a category. Something called "Closers."
I’m sorry, what’s that? That category is a measure of how many positions a driver improves in the last 10 percent of any race? Oh, well, in that case … never mind!
Hell, I mean, if you’re running 35th all the time, how hard can it be to move up the four spots Waltrip has averaged in the first six races, right?