I took the top 20 drivers in points after the past race in Atlanta.
Then I took a look at those same 20 drivers after the Dover race.
Basically I wanted to see who was the hottest in the last 5 races.
Some interesting results from this experiment:
- Jimmie Johnson has checked out. If it weren't for him being so far out ahead, the rest of the Chase guys would actually be very close to each other in a tight battle.
- The surprise of David Ragan, who didn't even make the Chase, but is on fire in these 5 races.
- The most amazing thing though, with the exception of Ragan, is the Chase drivers are still the best drivers in this snapshot of races. So they were the best 12 guys in the first 26 races of the year, and are essentially the best guys in this set of 5 races I chose to view here. How consistent is that group of 12 over the course of the year? Clearly it must be related to the fact they are the best. I was not expecting to see a repeat of such consistency, that the cream always rises to the top.
Blue indicates Chase Driver
|After 33 Races (Atlanta)||Last 5 Races||After 28 races (Dover)|
|Dale Earnhardt Jr.||5829||568||5261|
|Martin Truex Jr.||3529||462||3067|