Driver Rankings for Indianapolis


The Cup Series will join the Xfinity Series and the IndyCar Series at the most iconic track in the United States, Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Cup Series has been competing at the Brickyard 26 years now (Really? I remember going to the first race and it feels like yesterday. Damn I am getting old…LOL).The trend at Indianapolis is for the Cup Series to bring their best cars they have in their garage to thie race because the Brickyard is a “Crown Jewel Race” of the sport. Add in the IndyCars and this could be a weekend for the history books. The Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 can be seen Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on NBC (Yes, NBC has the coverage now so make sure you are on the correct channel).

I used a lot of data for my rankings this week. The most comparable track to Indianapolis is Pocono and the Cup Series just finished two races at the Tricky Triangle. I used the combined Driver Rating, Average Green Flag Speed and Average Finishing Positions from last weekend’s races. I also used the Driver Rating from the last two seasons at the Brickyard and Driver Rating over the last four races this season (not including Talladega) to figure out the rankings.


Here are the driver rankings for Indianapolis…


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


*Stats from Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet Pro

** Photos from NASCAR Media


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