Driver Rankings for Talladega

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The Cup Series will compete at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday. What am I going to do with seven days between races? I was getting used to this racing every 2-3 days. Well, hopefully the race at Talladega is worth the wait. The Geico 500 can be seen Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on Fox.

Most people combine the stats from Daytona and Talladega to see which drivers are good picks this week. The tracks are different. Daytona is tighter and requires a well handling car. Talladega has 10 lanes so drivers have plenty of space. This race requires more horsepower and less handling. Some drivers are very good at one track and not so good at another. For that reason I will focus on what has happened in the past at Talladega.

Each week I use different stats in my model to create the best rankings possible to give you an edge on the completion. This week I focused on the last six races at Talladega. I did factor in the last three races at Daytona simply because the aero-packages are similar but not exactly the same (This week will have 510 HP while Daytona had 550 HP. Also there will be no aero ducts on the cars).

 

Here are the driver rankings for Talladega…

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

 

*Stats from Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet Pro

** Photos from NASCAR Media

 

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