Paul Menard has extended his FLOPPER lead, but that’s not the big news in the FLOPPER (Finishes Last in Overall Points while Participating in Every Race) standings this week. The big news is that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has cracked the top 10 after his disastrous race in Martinsville. It appears that the crew chief switch has not helped.
As promised last week, I have provided a look at how much money each FLOPPER driver has made, and how much that actually comes to on a per-lap and per-mile basis.
Martin Truex Jr. makes $463 per lap, more than anyone else on the list. The lowest is Elliott Sadler at $371.12. Sadler just squeaked below David Ragan by nine cents per lap. Per mile, David Ragan makes the least at $282. Reed Sorenson makes the most at $349 per mile.
I can’t tell if a high-dollar number here is good or bad. If you are running a lot of laps, that will bring your average down. In comparison, Jimmie Johnson has made $518 per mile this year, more than any of the guys on the table. But Kurt Busch, another Chase contender, has made $330 per mile, which is less than Sorenson, for example.
But all of those drivers pale in comparison to the whopping $1,416 per mile start-and-parker Dave Blaney has earned this season. Way to stay efficient, Dave. Good job.
(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.)
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