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.
|12||Martin Truex, Jr.||2892|
|17||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||2515|
|21||Juan Pablo Montoya||2246|