Thursday, October 1, 2009

Guys looking for rides: Updated FLOPPER standings

After Dover's race, we take a look at an expanded version of the FLOPPER standings.

1) First off, congratulations to Paul Menard for his strong lead-lap finish in 19th place, really took a big chunk out of his previous 100 point lead in these standings. He finished ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and David Reutimann.

2) What's most surprising to me on this list is the fact that Sam Hornish, Jr. has SEVEN top 10 finishes this year. I honestly thought that was a typo, so I had to go back and look through his results this year. Yup it's true, he really does have seven top 10s. Would you have guessed that correctly? But he's still down here so low because of his 5 DNFs and the fact that only 11 times out of 28 has he finished on the lead lap. His finishes are either very good or very bad.

3) I am still shocked at how poorly David Ragan is doing this year. For a guy who was 13th in the standings last year, and was racing even hotter at the end of the year, I don't know how they've been so far off the entire season. It just doesn't make any sense to me. I know Roush is struggling generally this season, but I don't get why Ragan has dropped this much. Maybe 2008 was the fluke and this is his normal capability?

4) Good job to Reed Sorenson, who has zero DNFs this year, while everybody else around him in the standings (26th - 31st) has four or five of them. Nice job staying on track. Maybe use this stat to convince sponsors and owners to give you a ride.

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