NASCAR Cup Series

Loop Data 'Closers Value'

Moving Average Table & Graph

The Closers metric shows the number of position gained or lost in the last 10% of a race. Sometimes shown as 'Closer Position', that is the position the driver is in at the 90% complete point of a race. Other times it is displayed as the positions Gained or Lost. That is what our table shows. The math is simple. Closer Position - Finish Position = Position Gained or Lost. Look for drivers that trend in Gaining more positions. Be aware that if a driver is in 1st place and finishes in 1st his Closer number is 0. You should notice that when a driver drops into the negative in Closer value that his Average Finish also suffers.

Analyze each drivers Average Closers Value by creating a series of 5- (or up to 15) race subsets of the full span of races being used. Table column numbers represent each subset race range and are labled with the number of races back each subset spans. As you move with each column to the left, you move 1 race further into the past. Selecting the Moving Average Span to be 9 races creates subsets of 9-races. Hover your mouse over the table column numbers to see the races used. Click next to each driver to view data in line graph.

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  • All Active Drivers - All Drivers
  • with 30th or better Average Finish
  • (16 Tracks & 26 Races selected for use in data set, using a 9-race Moving Average.)
Driver 18-26 17-25 16-24 15-23 14-22 13-21 12-20 11-19 10-18 9-17 8-16 7-15 6-14 5-13 4-12 3-11 2-10 1-9 AVG +/-
Aric Almirola 5.2 6.2 5.7 4.9 5.1 5.2 2.3 1.3 0.9 0.9 -0.1 -0.2 -0.2 -0.7 -0.6 0.6 0.2 0.22 2.19 -1.97
Brad Keselowski 0.8 0.9 1.8 2.3 2.3 2.2 1.6 2.8 2.8 3.4 3.0 2.8 2.7 2.6 2.7 2.4 1.4 0.89 1.35 -0.46
Denny Hamlin 0.6 0.7 0.9 1.6 2.3 2.4 2.6 2.0 1.8 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.4 0.3 0.0 -0.1 -0.9 -0.78 0.35 -1.12
JJ Yeley 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.8 1.0 1.3 1.33 0.35 0.98
Joey Logano -2.1 1.2 1.0 1.3 2.6 2.6 1.6 1.3 1.2 2.0 2.0 1.8 1.7 0.4 0.8 0.4 -0.8 -0.56 -0.35 -0.21