Driver Rankings for Darlington


Throwback weekend… The start of the 2020 NASCA Cup Series Playoffs… Labor Day weekend… There is a lot to like about the race this week. This will be the third race for the Cup Series at Darlington. “The Track Too Tough to Tame” may be a little easier to tame this time around since the cars have already turned 501 laps at the “Lady in Black” this season. This is always one of the best races of the season. The Southern 500 can be seen Sunday 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The best way to find your drivers for the race Sunday night is to look at what happened at Darlington in May. I used the Driver Rating, Average Green Flag Speed and Average Running Position in the two races to help determine my rankings. I also used the stats from last year’s race at Darlington and the Driver Rating from the last four oval track races (Not including Daytona). I think momentum will be important going into the playoffs so I wanted to factor that into the rankings.


Here are the driver rankings for the Southern 500


1. Kevin Harvick
2. Denny Hamlin
3. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Chase Elliott
6. Clint Bowyer
7. Erik Jones
8. Joey Logano
9. Alex Bowman
10. Aric Almirola
11. Kurt Busch
12. Kyle Busch
13. Tyler Reddick
14. Ryan Blaney
15. Matt DiBenedetto
16. William Byron
17. Jimmie Johnson
18. Matt Kenseth
19. Ryan Newman
20. Austin Dillon
21. Ryan Preece
22. Cole Custer
23. Christopher Bell
24. John H. Nemechek
25. Bubba Wallace Jr.
26. Chris Buescher
27. Ty Dillon
28. Michael McDowell
29. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
30. Corey Lajoie
31. Daniel Suarez
32. Brennan Poole
33. J.J. Yeley
34. Quin Houff
35. Reed Sorenson
36. Joey Gase
37. B.J. McLeod
38. Timmy Hill
39. Josh Bilicki
40. Garrett Smithley


*Stats from Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet Pro

** Photos from NASCAR Media


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