This multi-million dollar investment by NASCAR to have a smorgasbord of statistics above and beyond the traditional notions of start and finish position, top-5, top-10, wins and poles is a statistic geeks wet dream.
Loop Data driver ratings are routinely mentioned in driver articles on team websites and in the more NASCAR-centric media. But, beyond rattling off one of the dozen or so metrics the particular driver in the article excelled in, Loop Data remains somewhat of a lofty concept to most NASCAR fans and even NASCAR fantasy game players (who should be eating it up. Or, should they?)
NASCAR Driver Rating is a formula that combines: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps and Lead-Lap Finish.
A NASCAR driver can score a maximum driver rating of 150 points per race. Also, the driver must have raced in 75% of the scheduled point-paying races.