Driver Rankings for Darlington


The “Track Too Tough to Tame”… “The Lady in Black”… Call it what you want, but everyone knows that Darlington is one of the toughest tracks for the Cup Series drivers. The egg-shaped 1.366-mile track has a lot of banking and the racing groove moves around throughout the race. Drivers have to “race the track”, instead of worrying about their competitors. It is one of the iconic tracks on the schedule and typically puts on a great show. The GoodYear 400 can be seen Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1.

The NASCAR Cup Series competed at Darlington three times last year. That is a lot of data to use for the race this week, but the data may not be accurate.

NASCAR used the 550 HP aero package in the three races at Darlington last year. The Cup Series will use the 750 HP aero package with the tapered spacer this week. That is the same package they used at the short tracks this year and similar to what they used at Darling prior to the 2018 season.

I used stats from the races at Darlington in the 750 HP aero package, some of the data from the three races last year, the drivers performances in the 750 HP aero packages this year and the Driver Rating from the last four races (not including Talladega) to figure out the rankings for the race Sunday.


Here are the Driver Rankings for the GoodYear 400

1. Denny Hamlin
2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Kevin Harvick
4. Kyle Larson
5. Kyle Busch
6. Brad Keselowski
7. William Byron
8. Joey Logano
9. Chase Elliott
10. Austin Dillon
11. Alex Bowman
12. Ryan Blaney
13. Kurt Busch
14. Matt DiBenedetto
15. Tyler Reddick
16. Erik Jones
17. Chris Buescher
18. Christopher Bell
19. Ross Chastain
20. Daniel Suarez
21. Ryan Newman
22. Aric Almirola
23. Cole Custer
24. Michael McDowell
25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
26. Bubba Wallace
27. Chase Briscoe
28. Ryan Preece
29. Anthony Alfredo
30. Corey LaJoie
31. Justin Haley
32. J.J. Yeley
33. B.J. McLeod
34. Quin Houff
35. James Davison
36. Cody Ware
37. Josh Bilicki


* Photos from NASCAR Media


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