I am introducing Start-Adjust Leader Ratings,
Consider the following formula:
(Laps Led / Laps Raced) * Avg Start
displayed as a percentage. So leading a lap is worth more if you have to start further back. Nothing special in leading a lap after you already won the pole, especially if that pole was given to you because of a qualifying rainout.
That being said, consider all drivers with 10 more starts this year. Apply that formula and find these ratings.
I think these are appropriate. Clearly Kyle Busch this season was far and way the *fastest* driver on the race track when he was on the track. Notice some interesting points:
1) Brian Vickers, who was a real up-and-comer this year, often with a car to win.
2) The Gibbs cars of Hamlin and Stewart, they are 4th and 5th here, because they had great cars in many races, and were often factors to deal with, despite the high incidence of events out of their control which brought their overall season standings much lower.
3) Aric Almirola, who ran a part-time schedule but is ahead of many drivers on this ranking. SAL ratings suggest we look out for big things from him next year.
|87||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.|
|10||Martin Truex, Jr.|
|3||Juan Pablo Montoya|
|1||Sam Hornish, Jr.|