Driver Rankings for Martinsville


The Cup Series heads back to Martinsville Raceway this week for the Xfinity 500. This will be the last race in the Round of Eight and the last chance for the playoff drivers to clinch a spot in the final four at Phoenix. Kyle Larson won both races in this round so that means there are still three spots up for grabs. Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin have the easiest path to the Championship Four. Elliott earns a spot with a win or a 15-place finish even if he does not score any Stage points. Hamlin will earn a spot with a win or a 12th place finish even if the No. 11 car does not score any Stage points. Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski are separated by seven points. These drivers will likely battle it out for the last spot. Joey Logano is 26 points behind his competitors, so the No. 22 car will likely need a win to advance to Phoenix. It should be fun to watch. The Xfinity 500 can be seen Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC.

Martinsville Raceway is a unique track. Yes, it is a short, flat track but it is not like New Hampshire, Richmond or Phoenix. Martinsville is a flat, paperclip-shaped track. Horsepower doesn’t mean much this week. This is a driver’s track. Drivers either know how to turn fast laps at Martinsville of they are simply in the way.

I used the driver’s stats from the race at Martinsville in April and the driver’s stats at this track using the 750 aero package for my rankings this week. I also factored in momentum and drivers stats on the other short, flat tracks (but I doubled the weight for Martinsville over the other flat tracks).


Here are the Driver Rankings for the Xfinity 500

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



* Photos from NASCAR Media


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