REPLACING CREW CHIEF HAS NOT IMPROVED EARNHARDT’S PERFORMANCE

Has changing crew chiefs made a difference for Dale Earnhardt Jr.?Tony Eury Jr. lasted 12 races this season with Earnhardt.  Since then, we’ve run another 12 races, making this the perfect time to take a snapshot of replacement Lance McGrew’s performance.  Have the driver's results improved at all?First, consider his performance all year in the table below. Remember that Watermills, as I determined earlier this week, are the best way to determine the probability of winni ...

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This Week’s Nominee For ‘Stat Least Likely To Mean Anything’

In a 21st-century world overwhelmed by data and numbers and all manner of superfluous information, this one, this one right here, is at least a nominee in the category of Statistics Least Likely To Mean Anything In The Real World.  According to a pearl at Jayski.com, Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all Sprint Cup drivers with 1,468 points over the last 10 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. That's 50 more than Kevin Harvick has earned over the same span!Obviously, this nugget is ...

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