Thursday, August 27, 2009

Robby Gordon Trying to Defend his 2008 FLOPPER Award

As I highlighted at the end of last year's season, Robby Gordon won the infamous FLOPPER award.

Well folks, he is on pace to do it again. It would be the first back to back title since Dale Jarrett accomplished the feat in 1988-1989.

For those who aren't familiar, FLOPPER is the driver who:

Last in
Points while
Participating in

After Bristol's race, we have had 24 races. So take a look in that dark deserted part of the standings, where the ghosts of David Stremme, Paul Menard, and Michael Waltrip hang out.

Fortunately for Waltrip, Scott Speed, John Andretti, and David Gilliland, they have each missed a race or two in 2009, eliminating them from FLOPPER contention.

See, the FLOPPER award goes not to the absolute worst driver, but to the unique driver who can find the healthy balance between the skill it takes to qualify for every race, and the skill lacking to be the worst of that group.

Here are the current standings after Bristol:

Notice that only 350 points separate the bottom ten drivers, from Kevin Harvick down to Robby Gordon.

Right now Paul Menard is the closest competitor to Gordon. Notice I've color coded each group of drivers every 100 points out. Kevin Harvick was fourth in the Chase last year, and is now infamously making the top 10 on this table. David Ragan barely missed the Chase last year, and now hopes he'll be able to barely miss this new title as well.

This will be a very interesting battle for the rest of the season. Right now Gordon's best hope is he doesn't run one of the final races. But considering he is 34th in owner points right now, over 200 points ahead of 36th, it looks likely he'll be able to qualify for every race this season. Let's see if Menard can find the skill it takes to lose those 60 points he's going to need to reach Gordon.

We'll keep watching, and see what happens...

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