Starting Out in the Hole

This year I want to experiment with some better graphics to explain Nascar results and stats. With the extraordinary number of penalties given out this week at Daytona, the deduction of series points from five drivers will put them in the hole. None of the online Nascar sites (Yahoo Sports, ESPN, Nascar, etc.) are showing the 2007 standings yet, but if they did it would look something like this:

Nascar points with 5 drivers already below 0

Looking at the results from last year, the average point spread between the 11th place (Tony Stewart) and 31st (Ken Schrader) was about 80 points per position. Being even 100 points in the hole doesn’t mean the season is over, but it’s a heck of a way to start.