Dale Jr – 13th – Why? September 12, 2007Posted by claireblang in Drivers, Show Items.
I am busy getting ready to leave for New York City tomorrow (Thursday) to broadcast from the XM Studios in New York as the drivers in the chase visit NYC before heading to Loudon, NH.
Yesterday I received a pre-Loudon report from the Budweiser race team courtesy of Fingerprint inc. public relations. Contained within the report close to the bottom was some information I used on the air on my show yesterday. I got tons of calls from people wanting to get a copy of the data that I talked about. So I am including it here for everyone to view. I get pages and pages of pre race reports and it’s always worth the extra time to read all of them because of items contained within them – like this. The tidbit on this report centered around why Dale Earnhardt Junior did not make the chase:
It’s hard to describe how a team could run so well in nearly every race – and yet miss the Nextel Cup playoffs. However, NASCAR’s “loop data” statistics point a giant, flashing neon light at the success the Budweiser team has seen this year – and also a glaring spotlight on why they are so far behind in the point standings despite their consistent speed. First, the good news:
Dale Jr. rankings among all drivers after 26 races:
Overall Driver Rating: 7th
Avg. Running Position: 5th
Fastest Early in a Run: 2nd
Fastest Late in a Run: 4th
Fastest on Straightaways: 1st
Fastest in the Turns: 6th
Fastest Laps Run: 4th
Fastest on Restarts: 2nd
Fastest Green Flag Speed: 2nd
Laps in Top-15: 3rd
Laps Led: 7th
Mileage Led: 8th
Percent of Laps on Lead Lap: 5th
Quality Passes: 12th
Speed in Traffic: 5th
And now the bad new: the only category where the team is not among the overall leaders is called “Closers” – which measures the positions improved in final 10 percent of each race. Dale Jr. is not even listed among top-35 drivers for the season, which emphasizes how many times mechanical failures have taken them out of a potential win in the final laps and dropped them deep into the final standings.
I got a bunch of emails about the information above so I am including it in this blog.
Have a great day!