Driver Rankings for Talladega


The NASCAR Cup Series will be back to Superspeedway racing this week when the teams travel to Talladega Superspeedway. Eight drivers have made their way to Victory Lane in the first nine races of the 2021 season. There is a good chance that there will be a ninth driver to secure a playoff spot after the race this week. It should be fun to watch. The Geico 500 can be seen Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on FOX.

The narrative around the races on the Superspeedways is that “any driver who starts the race has a good chance to win the race.” That is true, but it does not happen as much as it used too. Four drivers have won all of the races at Talladega in the current aero package. They include: Ryan Blaney (2), Denny Hamlin (1), Joey Logano (1) and Chase Elliott (1). I would not consider any of these driver “long-shots.” I expect one of the favorites to be in Victory Lane again Sunday.

The Driver Rankings for Talladega are NOT a prediction for the finishing order in the Geico 500. I would be stupid to try and predict the finishing order for this race. Instead, the rankings are based on the driver’s average finishing position and driver rating at Talladega last year, average finishing position and driver rating in the current aero package at Talladega and the driver’s average finishing position and driver rating in the current aero package at both Superspeedway tracks.


Here are the Driver Rankings for the Geico 500

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


* Photos from NASCAR Media


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