Grading the Sprint Cup Rides – 2013 Third Term Report

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This grading system is pretty basic. Top 10’s, with extra consideration given for wins and Top 5’s, can help you earn an A+. Keep it in the Top 20 each race and that is worth a B. Just by finishing 30th each time out and that would still get you a C-. Less than that is a failure; a failure to compete, a failure to get noticed.

Grade: A

The top students have been to joy to have in class, even though Jimmie  did cost himself an  A+ by playing hookey in the weeks leading to the Chase.  We are hopeful Kyle continues his stellar work through the final part of the year, though he has had trouble in the past. Matt has really hit the books as of late, and could wind up class valedictorian if he continues his progress.  Carl once again is near the head of the class, but time will tell if can charge to the front to finally be number one.

CAR

DRIVER

WINS

TOP 5

TOP 10

TOP 20

TOP 30

48

Jimmie JOHNSON

4

11

17

21

25

18

Kyle BUSCH

4

13

17

20

22

20

Matt KENSETH

7

8

15

21

24

99

Carl EDWARDS

2

8

14

24

26

 

Grade: A-

Kevin has been in the top half of the class pretty much the entire year and only twice has the dog eaten his homework. Clint is usually a very popular boy, but for some reason I detect that many of his classmates do not want him to wind up at the head of the class this year.

CAR

DRIVER

WINS

TOP 5

TOP 10

TOP 20

TOP 30

29

Kevin HARVICK

2

7

14

25

25

15

Clint BOWYER

0

8

14

24

26

Grade: B+

Kurt, who usually does not play well with others, has some cheering for him. It will be interesting how he works with his new friends when class resumes next year. Kasey had some trouble last week, as did little  Joey a week earlier.  Dale is once again a very popular boy while Ryan has had some issues to work through, but seems to have replaced former friends with some new ones for next year. Martin has had some problems as well due to the company he keeps, and I am not sure how that will work out. Greg remains a solid student, with Mark helping Tony since he hurt his leg. Meanwhile, Jeff needed some help near the end of the term, though I am not sure it will be enough for him to realize his dreams by the end of the school year.

CAR

DRIVER

WINS

TOP 5

TOP 10

TOP 20

TOP 30

78

Kurt BUSCH

0

9

14

20

23

5

Kasey KAHNE

2

8

11

18

20

22

Joey LOGANO

1

8

14

19

23

88

Dale EARNHARDT, Jr

0

5

15

21

24

39

Ryan NEWMAN

1

6

13

21

22

56

Martin TRUEX, Jr

1

6

12

21

23

16

Greg BIFFLE

1

4

11

23

24

14

Tony STEWART

1

5

10

19

27

24

Jeff GORDON

0

5

13

21

22

Grade: B

It has been a disappointing year for some students. Brad has stumbled a bit since being last year’s valedictorian. Juan Pablo plans to transfer out of our school next year, returning to where he had previously enjoyed very good grades. His friend Jamie will remain with us, and has hopes of improving his status next year. Mark has been busy, first helping Brian earlier this year and now Tony.  I am expecting good things when Brian returns full-time next year.  Along with Paul, they might not make the honor roll this year, but these boys have done enough work to show they belong here.

 CAR

DRIVER

WINS

TOP 5

TOP 10

TOP 20

TOP 30

2

Brad KESELOWSKI

0

7

12

18

23

42

Juan Pablo MONTOYA

0

4

7

17

23

1

Jamie MCMURRAY

0

3

7

20

25

55

Brian VICKERS

1

6

11

17

23

27

Paul MENARD

0

2

7

19

26

Grade: B-

Aric has shown signs that we might expect better things ahead for him.  Jeff, as always, was expecting more. As he leaves us a year early, we will miss this well spoken young man.

CAR

DRIVER

WINS

TOP 5

TOP 10

TOP 20

TOP 30

43

Aric ALMIROLA

0

1

5

22

24

31

Jeff BURTON

0

2

6

17

23

Grade: C+

Marcos and Ricky have been okay, though not great. They both manage to get their work done, but I still  would like to see better things from them before the year is out.

CAR

DRIVER

WINS

TOP 5

TOP 10

TOP 20

TOP 30

9

Marcos AMBROSE

0

0

5

19

23

17

Ricky STENHOUSE, Jr

0

0

2

20

25

Grade: C

I do not know what to say about Denny. I know he was hurt earlier in the year, but he has not been his old self since he returned. It appears he would just as soon end the year, go on vacation, and start afresh next year.

CAR

DRIVER

WINS

TOP 5

TOP 10

TOP 20

TOP 30

11

Denny HAMLIN

0

3

6

12

19

Grade: C-

Casey is not quite ready to compete with the big boys just yet, but I have been pleased with his progress. I am interested to see how he might do next year.  I will miss Bobby, though he has had another disappointing year.  Some seem happy with Danica’s progress, but I feel we should expect more by this time. She is blessed with so much more than a lot of the other students. David did succeed on the subject of Alabama geography, with some help from his close friend, the other  David, but neither are quite there yet. As for A.J., who sometimes goes by Regan or Austin or, just last week, by Michael, might make some real progress once he figures out who he really is.

CAR

DRIVER

WINS

TOP 5

TOP 10

TOP 20

TOP 30

13

Casey MEARS

0

0

1

9

23

47

Bobby LABONTE

0

0

1

8

21

10

Danica PATRICK

0

0

1

6

23

34

David RAGAN

1

1

1

4

21

38

David GILLILAND

0

1

1

5

20

51

A.J. ALLMENDINGER

0

0

2

7

18

Grade: F

To be honest, I am not sure why these boys are even in my class. Both Dave and Travis, I am sure, would do so much better at Nationwide High. What can you say about J.J. (other than he enjoyed Daytona seven months ago), David S. (who just isn’t the same boy the past two weeks), David R. or Timmy? No, really. What can you say about them? Well, I’ve seen worse. I feel bad for Trevor, as I think if he would attend class more often he might be able to pull in a better grade than this. However, to be fair, of the nine assignments he has done, none have been much to write home about. As for Landon, things just don’t seem to work out.  He and Tony R. have done most of the assignments for Austin, which is too bad as the young fellow has done so much better on the two he has written on his own. There are other students who drop in from time to time, but I have reserved my remarks for those who have tried to attend class at least nine times this year.  God bless Scott, Michael, Joe, and Mike, but if the school board ever considers reducing class size, they make a good argument. To be honest, they usually do not stick around long enough to become a nuisance.  The sad thing is, all four have ability but you never get to see it.

 CAR

DRIVER

WINS

TOP 5

TOP 10

TOP 20

TOP 30

7

Dave BLANEY

0

0

0

2

18

93

Travis KVAPIL

0

0

0

4

15

36

J.J. YELEY

0

0

1

2

14

30

David STREMME

0

0

0

4

13

83

David REUTIMANN

0

0

0

1

14

32

Timmy HILL

0

0

0

2

12

21

Trevor BAYNE

0

0

0

4

8

40

Landon CASSILL

0

0

0

4

8

33

Austin DILLON

0

0

0

2

12

95

Scott SPEED

0

0

1

1

3

98

Michael MCDOWELL

0

0

1

1

2

87

Joe NEMECHEK

0

0

0

0

3

19

Mike BLISS

0

0

0

0

1

 

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