Friday, November 14, 2008

Richard Petty is trying to steal your money

In the midst of this stock market turmoil, I thought it would be only fair to my readers to find out which drivers are causing the biggest market reactions. Which drivers are good for your wallet, and which ones are bad? Taking data from every race win in the modern era (1972-present) I present the following results.

To understand the data. Ricky Craven has two wins. Following each win the Dow went up .39% and 3.59%. So add that up for a lifetime total of 3.98% and an average of 1.99%.

Best and Worst Dow Jones average performance race winners:
Ricky Craven 1.99%
Dave Marcis -0.57%
Elliott Sadler 1.19%
Martin Truex, Jr. -0.59%
Bobby Hamilton 1.04%
Tim Richmond -0.61%
Steve Park 0.65%
Ron Bouchard -0.64%
Johnny Benson, Jr. 0.63%
Mark Donohue -0.72%
Greg Sacks 0.61%
Ward Burton -0.81%
Kyle Petty 0.56%
Donnie Allison -1.00%
Jeff Burton 0.55%
Dick Brooks -1.03%
Phil Parsons 0.54%
Brett Bodine -1.09%
Denny Hamlin 0.52%
Bobby Isaac -1.19%
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 0.36%
Bobby Hillin, Jr. -2.00%
Sterling Marlin 0.34%
Earl Ross -2.26%

Biggest lifetime accumulated contribution to Dow Jones:
Darrell Waltrip 16%
Neil Bonnett -3%
Jeff Gordon 12%
Jimmie Johnson -4%
Jeff Burton 12%
Tony Stewart -4%
Mark Martin 11%
Donnie Allison -4%
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 6%
Ward Burton -4%
Bobby Labonte 5%
Kevin Harvick -4%
Rusty Wallace 5%
Greg Biffle -5%
Kyle Petty 5%
Benny Parsons -5%
Ernie Irvan 4%
Cale Yarborough -6%
Bobby Hamilton 4%
Carl Edwards -6%
Ricky Craven 4%
Tim Richmond -8%
Elliott Sadler 4%
Richard Petty -20%


The lesson here for this weekend's season finale is don't root for guys like Stewart, Biffle, Harvick, or Edwards. They are killing our economy. We need Earnhardt or Jeff Burton or Denny Hamlin to win. Mainly, we need to get Mark Martin back to fulltime next year so he can boost us all up.

If Jimmie Johnson keeps up his winning pace recently, we are all doomed. We are all better off with Kyle Busch winning races rather than Edwards or Johnson.

If the economy was the #1 issue this election, how come DW didn't get more write-in votes? He clearly has the experience and know-how to get our economy kick-started.

And look at Richard Petty. What a jerk.