Driver Rankings for Pocono (Sunday)


The NASCAR Cup Series will return to Pocono Raceway Sunday to run the third race of the day (The Trucks run in the morning and the Xfinity in the afternoon). Will the sequel be as good as the first race? Will the same drivers finish up front in both races? How will the inversion affect the race? There are a lot of questions that need to be answered. The Pocono 350 can be seen at 4 p.m. on FS1.

The teams will be required to run the same car Sunday that they had on Saturday. Each team will get four hours Saturday evening and four hours Sunday morning to work on the cars but they cannot touch the engine, brakes, radiator, transmission or chassis. Only air pressure, spring adjustments and tape on the grill will be allowed.

The starting lineup will be set by inverting the top 20 finishing positions from Saturday’s race. So the winner (Kevin Harvick) starts 20th and the driver that finished 20th (Ryan Preece) starts on the pole. The drivers who finished in positions 21st -40th start Sunday’s race in the same position they finished the race Saturday.

I still think data from previous races at Pocono is important for predicting Sunday’s race. I used the Driver Ratings, Green Flag Speed and Average Running Position from the last three races at Pocono (All the races used the 550 HP aero package). I then combined that data with the Driver Rating, Green Flag Speed and Average Running Position from Saturday’s race.


Here are the driver rankings for Pocono Part 2…

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