Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mark Martin's 2007 Season Standings

As you probably know, Mark Martin ran a part-time schedule (24 of 36 races) in 2007 and 2008.

In 2007, he ran the first four races of the year before taking his first break, and was leading the points after races 2-4.

I wanted to see what the points standings would look like in Mark's 24 races. Would he have kept up in the points lead even if you only counted the races he competed? If Mark's schedule was in fact the true season for everybody, and there was no Chase adjustment, we'd find the new 24-race standings below.

Considering that he started the year with also-ran Ginn Racing, which folded halfway through the year and got swallowed by another also-ran team, DEI, then being ninth in the standings is a pretty amazing feat.

I'll put up the 2008 equivalent tomorrow.

1 Jeff Gordon 3669
2 Jimmie Johnson 3285
3 Matt Kenseth 3239
4 Carl Edwards 3133
5 Jeff Burton 3104
6 Tony Stewart 3084
7 Clint Bowyer 3033
8 Denny Hamlin 3030
9 Mark Martin 2960
10 Kurt Busch 2932
11 Kyle Busch 2930
12 Martin Truex, Jr. 2892
13 Kevin Harvick 2882
14 Casey Mears 2689
15 Greg Biffle 2549
16 Ryan Newman 2540
17 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2515
18 Bobby Labonte 2371
19 Jamie McMurray 2339
20 J.J. Yeley 2289
21 Juan Pablo Montoya 2246
22 Reed Sorenson 2233
23 Kasey Kahne 2203
24 David Ragan 2184
25 Elliott Sadler 2133