NASCAR/Formula 1 racing analysis & prediction for today’s events

Woke up too late, (and in much too much tooth pain) to cover the men’s final at the French Open, but I have enough time (and enough tooth remedies) to give you info on two racing events set for this afternoon.

At the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, it’s the Canadian Grand Prix for Formula 1 drivers.
Wins: 4 active drivers have wins here: Lewis Hamilton with 3, and Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen with 1 each. Mark Webber is 0-10, and Felipe Massa is 0-9. Amazingly, Hamilton has his 3 wins in just 5 races here.

Top 5: Raikkonen dominates this category, with 6 top-5’s in 9 races. Alonso is 4-10, Sebastien Vettel 3-4. Nico Rosberg has no top-5’s in 6 races.

Laps turned without victory: Webber-633, Massa-601, Rosberg-351.

Laps led without victory: Vettel-90, Webber-22.

Average finishing position, 3-race minimum: Vettel-4.5, Raikkonen-6.0, Webber-9.0

Running at finish: Webber is 9-10, Raikkonen 8-9. Vettel is perfect in 4 races.

Lead lap finishes: Raikkonen 7-9, Webber 6-10, Rosberg 5-6. Again, Vettel is perfect in 4.

Top 5 prediction:
1 Sergio Perez
2 Vettel
3 Jean-Eric Vergne
4 Webber
5 Nico Hulkenberg
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NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series heads to Long Pond, PA and the ‘tricky triangle’, a crew chief’s nightmare in car setup with it’s 3 distinct corners.

Wins:Jeff Gordon leads with 6, Denny Hamlin has 4, Bobby Labonte 3, and Bobby’s bro Terry is one of five drivers with 2 wins. Still waiting for their first: Mark Martin 0-52, Michael Waltrip 0-47, Ken Schrader 0-44.
Top 10: Martin 34-52, Gordon 28-40, Tony Stewart 20-28, Jimmie Johnson 15-22. No top 10’s yet: David Reutimann and David Gilliland are 0-12.

Laps turned without victory: Martin-9490, Waltrip 8145, Schrader 8019, Jeff Burton 7117.

Laps led without victory: Martin 448, Schrader 212, Brian Vickers 159, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 151.

Average finishing position: Jimmie-9, Gordon-10.2, Hamlin-10.7, Martin 11.1, Stewart 11.3.

Running at finish: Terry Labonte 47-54, Martin 45-52, Schrader 39-44, Waltrip 37-47. Matt Kenseth is perfect through 26.

Lead lap finishes: Martin 43-52, Jeff Gordon 33-40, Jeff Burton 28-38, Kenseth 23-26. Joey Logano is perfect in 8 races.

Top 8 prediction:
1 Carl Edwards
2 Clint Bowyer
3 Harvick
4 Jimmie
5 Kenseth
6 Keselowski
7 Dale Jr.
8 Gordon

Stats: http://www.racing-reference.info 

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