We are still seven weeks away from the start of the 2011 NASCAR season, but that doesn't mean we can't fast-forward time a little bit and get our first look at the season-ending point standings.
When going over my predictions, keep a couple of things in mind. First, this is purely my opinion on what I think is going to happen in the coming season. Secondly, my opinion will probably change as Daytona draws near.
As it stands right now, there are still a few rides undetermined for 2011, and with all of the shuffling of drivers that we see, mainly between the lower tier and underfunded teams, it is hard to predict how many races some of these drivers will even have the opportunity to run.
So for the sake of my 39 driver rankings, unless otherwise noted, I will assume that the driver is going to at least be attempting all 36 races in 2011.
With that, I give you my first annual preseason driver standings projections.