NASCAR uses a variety of key loop data metrics and a mathematical formula to create what it calls a driver rating for each competitor at every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
More than a dozen different elements are measured, with a perfect driving rating being 150.00. Here are the cumulative driver ratings for the top 20 Cup pilots through the first seven points races of the season.
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Trevor Bayne, 73.0 driver rating
Roush Fenway Racing isn’t where they need to be yet, but they are headed in the right direction.
Matt Kenseth, 73.4
Not a good year so far for anyone in the Joe Gibbs Racing organization.
Denny Hamlin, 73.4
See Matt Kenseth above.
Kurt Busch, 75.0
After winning the Daytona 500, Busch had his share of struggles but seems to be back on track.
Ryan Newman, 76.0
Clearly, winning at Phoenix was Newman’s big moment so far in 2017.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 76.6
The Roush Fenway Racing organization has gotten better this season.
Kasey Kahne, 76.6
It’s been an up-and-down year for Kahne so far.
Erik Jones, 79.9
This is a pretty good ranking considering Jones is a rookie with a start-up second car at Furniture Row Racing.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., 84.2
For the most part this season, Earnhardt has run better than he’s finished.
Clint Bowyer, 84.7
So far, so good for Bowyer in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing.
Jamie McMurray, 87.6
The entire Chip Ganassi Racing team has picked up a ton of speed this year.
Jimmie Johnson, 89.1
Until he won at Texas, the seven-time champion really wasn’t having a very good season.
Kevin Harvick, 92.6
A good year for Harvick so far, but not a great one.
Ryan Blaney, 94.3
At Texas last weekend, Blaney led the first two stages in his Wood Brothers Racing Ford.
Kyle Busch, 97.6
Not a great season for Busch so far, but clearly much better than any of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates.
Joey Logano, 101.7
Another strong season for Logano, who like a lot of drivers is looking for his first win of 2017.
Martin Truex Jr., 108.1
The Furniture Row Racing team has taken up where they left off last year.
Chase Elliott, 109.8
Still hunting his first win, Elliott has been consistently fast at most tracks.
Kyle Larson, 112.6
Already, Larson has finished second four times and won once.
Brad Keselowski, 113.6
The only two-time winner so far this season, Keselowski has been on fire.