Driver Rankings for Indianapolis


The Cup Series heads to the Brickyard this week but this time it will be different. Indianapolis Motor Speedway was not designed for heavy stockcars so the racing has been awful. NASCAR decided to let the Xfinity Series try out the road course at Indianapolis and it produced one of the best Xfinity Series races I have ever seen. Now we get to see what the Cup Series cars can do on the track. The Verizon 200 can be seen Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (Yes, we get an early race this weekend) on NBC.

The road course is a new track for the Cup Series. That means the teams will get to practice and qualify for the race. This will be the last time the Cup Series has practice and qualifying until the championship race at Phoenix. Practice starts at 11 a.m. ET Saturday on NBC Sports App (No TV). Qualifying will be Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on CNBC.

I am not going to try and over think the race Sunday. There have been five road course races so far this season (Daytona Road Course, COTA, Sonoma, Road America and Watkins Glen) so we have plenty of data to figure out who will run up front Sunday. I am using the Driver Ratings, Average Finishing Position and Average Green Flag Speed from all of the road course races (except COTA because of the rain) for my rankings this week. The drivers who have run well on the road courses in 2021, should be up front again Sunday.


Here are the Driver Rankings for the Verizon 200

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


* Photos from NASCAR Media


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