STOP MANIPULATING BUSCH’S WIN TOTALS TO COMPARE WITH PETTY

The year is 2056. Dale Earnhardt’s championship total of seven is no longer a benchmark of NASCAR excellence. You see, Bob Franks of Barre, Vermont now has eight championships at Thunder Road Speedway in the Full Frame Antique Division. These cars closely resemble Earnhardt’s earlier championships in the 1980s. Therefore all the titles are being statistically listed under one category.Who says?Jim Alexander does. Alexander is a 34 year-old NASCAR historian and is a self-proclaimed mo ...

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RAGAN, STREMME, LABONTE ALL CLOSING IN ON FLOPPER LEAD

Good news for Paul Menard. (How often does anyone get to write that?) The race in Kansas on Sunday tightened up the FLOPPER standings. FLOPPER stands for Finishes Last in Overall Points while Participating in Every Race.  1) David Ragan, Bobby Labonte and David Stremme are virtually tied, and are about 80 points ahead of Paul Menard for the title.2) This week I included a list of each driver's laps led on the season. Interesting to see the range of those numbers from 0 to 179. Definitely ...

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CHAMPIONSHIP PROBABILITY TABLE: JOHNSON PASSES STEWART AND MARTIN

 With the Dover race in the record books, just eight races remain until the 2009 Sprint Cup champion is crowned. Let’s take a look at the updated championship probability table, which includes some interesting side notes. 1) The big winner at Dover was Jimmie Johnson, who nearly doubled his chance of winning the Chase. 2) Mark Martin's second-place finish kept him in second place on this table, but his percentage moved up a good chunk, from 18 to 23. 3) Tony Stewart's ni ...

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WHAT IF WINS COUNTED FOR MORE?

What if wins counted for more in the Sprint Cup? What if Mike Helton waved a magic wand and reordered the points standings to XXX ...

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