Driver Rankings for Toyota 500


The Cup Series will return to Darlington Wednesday night. The race starts at 6 p.m. ET on FS1. The start time will be almost the same time as when the race ended Sunday. A night race should change the race a bit, but I expect many of the cars who ran up front Sunday to be up front again Wednesday.

* There is an 80% chance of rain Wednesday. If the race is canceled because of weather, NASCAR said the makeup date will be Thursday night.

The race Wednesday is scheduled for 228 laps (500 kilometers). That is 65 less laps that what we had Sunday. It also means less time for drivers to get to the front from the back and there will be a lot of drivers coming from the back. NASCAR inverted the drivers who finished in positions 1-20 in Sunday’s race. That means Kevin Harvick who won the race will start 20th and Ryan Preece who finished 20th will start from the pole. This should make this race interesting.

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 the stats entered into the model were from the race Sunday and the two races using the 550 HP aero-package this year (Auto Club and Las Vegas).


Here are the early week driver rankings for Darlington Part 2…


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


Since there is no practice or qualifying, this will be my final rankings for the race Tuesday.


**Stats from Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet Pro

*** Photos from NASCAR Media


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