Driver Rankings for Kansas


The NASCAR Cup Series will be back to racing on a 1.5-mile track this week and that means the 550 HP aero package will also be back. It has been a while since the series competed on an intermediate track. There were three short track races (Bristol, Martinsville and Richmond) and then the race at Talladega since the Cup Series last competed at a 1.5-mile track (Atlanta in mid-March). There was also an off week for Easter, so the teams had plenty of time to work on their cars to improve their race package for their trip to Kansas Speedway.

The last race at Kansas was freezing cold so the track conditions will be a lot different Sunday. I will be using the data from what happened at Kansas last year but focusing more on the July race than what happened in October. It is important to know that track position was key in both races. It was nearly impossible to pass the leader in this aero package so teams had to make up positions in the pits. I factored in the pit crew speeds from the 2021 races for my picks Sunday.

Although the teams had over a month to work on their 550 HP aero package; we cannot ignore what happened at Las Vegas and Atlanta. I incorporated the Driver Rating and Green Flag Speeds from those races into my rankings this week, but gave a little more emphasis on the Las Vegas race since that track is similar to Kansas.


Here are the Driver Rankings for the Buschy McBusch Race 400


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


* Photos from NASCAR Media


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