Wednesday, December 10, 2008

More Explorations with SAL

Going back from 1992 through 2008, I wanted to compare Kyle Busch's awesome 2008 SAL rating with what other greats from the past have done.

Here below are all drivers (minimum 4 races) in each season who earned SAL ratings above 100. The champion of that season is in bold.

Funny that in three of four seasons from 2000-2003 the champion doesn't appear on this list. Does this show us quantitatively what Nascar was upset with in their boring seasons, a lack of an aggressively speedy champion...which is why they introduced the Chase format in 2004?

Also note that the 193 score Kyle Busch got this year is pretty good, but not near some of the amazing seasons that Rusty Wallace had back in the early 90s. Notice that Rusty finished at the top of the list four times in a five year period.

Jeff Burton finished #1 on this list three years in a row.

In fact, Jimmie Johnson has only been tops on the lists once, which is more appropriate when you watch a ton of races. He's almost never the fastest driver out there.

Year
Driver SAL



1992 Davey Allison 170
1992 Alan Kulwicki 146
1992 Kyle Petty 141
1992 Bill Elliott 135



1993 Rusty Wallace 353
1993 Dale Earnhardt 146
1993 Mark Martin 127
1993 Ernie Irvan 105



1994 Rusty Wallace 254
1994 Geoffrey Bodine 231
1994 Ernie Irvan 219
1994 Dale Earnhardt 162



1995 Dale Earnhardt 226
1995 Rusty Wallace 156
1995 Jeff Gordon 139



1996 Rusty Wallace 189
1996 Jeff Gordon 162
1996 Bobby Hamilton 141
1996 Terry Labonte 109



1997 Rusty Wallace 168
1997 Jeff Gordon 167
1997 Dale Jarrett 154
1997 Jeff Burton 153
1997 Bobby Hamilton 100



1998 Jeff Burton 187
1998 Mark Martin 157
1998 Jeff Gordon 122
1998 Bobby Hamilton 120



1999 Jeff Burton 198
1999 Tony Stewart 156
1999 Dale Jarrett 141
1999 Rusty Wallace 121
1999 Bobby Labonte 114
1999 Jeff Gordon 104



2000 Jeff Burton 223
2000 Tony Stewart 217
2000 Jeremy Mayfield 186
2000 Rusty Wallace 174



2001 Jeff Gordon 207
2001 Steve Park 170
2001 Rusty Wallace 164
2001 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 124



2002 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 132
2002 Kurt Busch 128
2002 Jeff Gordon 122
2002 Matt Kenseth 122
2002 Sterling Marlin 118
2002 Jimmie Johnson 116



2003 Jeff Gordon 135
2003 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 124
2003 Tony Stewart 120
2003 Kurt Busch 116



2004 Jimmie Johnson 137
2004 Tony Stewart 130
2004 Jeff Gordon 117
2004 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 117
2004 Kurt Busch 110
2004 Matt Kenseth 101
2004 Kasey Kahne 100



2005 Tony Stewart 207
2005 Matt Kenseth 167
2005 Greg Biffle 166
2005 Kurt Busch 140



2006 Tony Stewart 226
2006 Matt Kenseth 156
2006 Greg Biffle 145
2006 Kevin Harvick 114



2007 Matt Kenseth 176
2007 Tony Stewart 167
2007 Jeff Gordon 143
2007 Jimmie Johnson 122
2007 Kurt Busch 118
2007 Denny Hamlin 111



2008 Kyle Busch 193
2008 Jimmie Johnson 156
2008 Carl Edwards 149
2008 Denny Hamlin 116
2008 Tony Stewart 105