Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Driver Modes

You may remember learning about the mode in your statistics class.

Using this concept as inspiration, I wanted to go through some current and historical drivers to see what their modes are. In this context, it's the position they finished most frequently during their career. For example, Jeff Gordon has finished first more frequently than any other position. Ward Burton has finished 8th more times than any other place. What could this data show us?

It's not surprising to see champions like DW, Johnson, Gordon, Stewart in the #1 mode group: one would expect that they finish first more often than any other place. But it *is* surprising to see Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle in that group. Is that a sign of championships to come?

What's ridiculous is the 30+ modes from Cope and Robby Gordon. That is just unspeakable. Embarrassing really. I mean even Kyle Petty sneaks by with a mode of 8 and Sterling Marlin with a 7. So anything above 30 is not getting it done.

Mode Driver
1 Carl Edwards
1 Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
1 Darrell Waltrip
1 Greg Biffle
1 Jeff Gordon
1 Jimmie Johnson
1 Richard Petty
1 Tony Stewart
2 Bobby Labonte
3 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
3 Denny Hamlin
3 Mark Martin
4 Bill Elliott
4 Jeff Burton
4 Kyle Busch
4 Matt Kenseth
7 Kevin Harvick
7 Sterling Marlin
7 Terry Labonte
8 David Ragan
8 Kyle Petty
8 Ward Burton
10 Clint Bowyer
10 Ken Schrader
14 Michael Waltrip
23 Joe Nemecheck
30 Jeremy Mayfield
34 Derrike Cope
37 Robby Gordon