My article at NBC Sports makes a number of claims, and I don’t like to put assertions out there without the proof behind them.
Average Driver Finishes vs. Rank
This is the graph supporting the notes about the decent correlation between average driver finish and ultimate season rank.
Number of Races with Laps Led
Another area I looked at was not the total laps led, but the number of different races at which laps were led.
The drivers who ended up at the bottom of the playoffs didn’t lead laps at many different races.
The final graph I didn’t include in the article shows the data for how many playoff points each driver earned during the regular-season championship.