So now let's look at the best consecutive set of 10 races this year. We have five options for this: Races 1-10, Races 2-11, 3-12, 4-13, and 5-14.
Using the same 15 drivers from our previous example, that gives us 75 possible data series to work with.
The best of those rankings are:
in 75 data series, only 14 of them have produced more than 1400 points. These 14 data come from just 5 drivers: Stewart, Newman, Johnson, Gordon, Busch. With the exception of Newman, these are all former champions.
If we just consider the best set of 10 consecutive races from the 15 drivers, we can see each driver's best 10 consecutive:
|1209||Juan Pablo Montoya|
This would suggest to us that the same drivers in the top 4 in points (Stewart, Newman, Johnson, Gordon) as the best able to make a strong run at the end of the year to go for the win. Again, these are data we can monitor over the course of the season.
Interesting to see that Kyle Busch (1330) and Jeff Burton (1326) have basically the same best scores here. Yet Busch has the most wins this year, and Burton is part of an RCR team that has severely underperformed this year. It's very eye-opening to see that their best Chase-type scenario is actually the same. And that Hamlin would be the best of the Joe Gibbs cars in this measurement. Would you have ever guessed that?