We know that Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards produced the closest point standings finish NASCAR will ever see (because, well, it was a tie) and we know that Kurt (hey, he's looking for a job!) and Kyle Busch produced the two worst efforts of the Chase.
But guess who was more effective late in the race than any of those Chase for the Sprint Cup contenders? AJ-freaking-Allmendinger, that's who. What surreal NASCAR world is? Oh, just the world of NASCAR's intuitive loop data — where crazy stats can tell you a whole lot or very little about many a driver's season.
HOT: Yeah, you read that right: A J Allmendginer — the former open-wheeler turned NASCAR driver currently piloting Richard Petty Motorsports' iconic No. 43 — was the Sprint Cup Series' tour de force while the final laps came into view this season.
The Dinger picked up a masterful 134 positions in the last 10 percent of the season's 36 races, for an average of 3.7 spots per race. With NASCAR's point system basically equaling aRead More »from Offseason Hot/Not: Tony Stewart, who? NASCAR’s real closer was AJ Allmendinger