Driver Rankings for Martinsville


Is there anything better in NASCAR than Saturday night short-track racing? I sure wish they would add more short tracks under the lights to the schedule. That is what we have this week. The Cup Series will join the Xfinity Series at Martinsville Speedway. This race is guaranteed to have a lot of action, so buckle up, grab a hotdog and watch the drivers push each other out of the way Saturday night.

Richmond, New Hampshire and Phoenix are placed in the short, flat track category, but no track truly compares to Martinsville. This is a rhythm track. Drivers need to know when to get on the brakes and when to smash the gas pedal. The road courses compare to Martinsville more than the other short, flat tracks. That is probably why Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. are the two best drivers for your fantasy team Saturday night.

I do not try to get cute with my research for this race and bring in a lot of data from other tracks. I use the Driver Ratings and Average Finishing Position from the races last year at Martinsville and the Driver Rating and Average Finishing Position from the last three seasons at the track. I also factored in momentum in 2021 by adding in the Driver Ratings from the races in the 750 HP aero package this season (same as what is used this week).


Here are the Driver Rankings for the Blue-Emu Pain Relief 500

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


* Photos from NASCAR Media


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