Driver Rankings for Richmond


Where you able to survive the disaster at Darlington? The 16 drivers competing for the championship entered the playoffs with dreams of winning the trophy in Phoenix. Half of the playoff field had problems at Darlington and now they have to dig out of a hole at Richmond. There is nothing better than Saturday night short-track racing and that is what we have this week. The Federated Auto Parts Salute to American Heroes 400 can be seen Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The Cup Series will use the 750 HP aero package Saturday night. This is the same package used at Phoenix, New Hampshire, the race last week at Darlington and the April race at Richmond. There are some teams who have had a lot more success in the 750 HP aero package (Joey Logan and Kevin Harvick are two drivers who run better in this package). We need to focus out picks on the drivers who have run well using the 750 HP aero package this week.

I used the Driver Rating and Average Green Flag Speed from the races at Phoenix, Richmond and New Hampshire for the Driver Rankings this week. All three tracks are short, flat tracks, using the same aero package. I also factored in momentum by looking at the driver’s average finishing positions in the last four races.


Here are the Driver Rankings for the Federated Auto Parts 400

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


* Photos from NASCAR Media


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