Early Week Driver Rankings for Auto Club


It took forever for the 2020 NASCAR season to arrive and now we already have two races in the books. Time flies by when you are having fun and I plan on having more fun in California this week with another great Fantasy NASCAR lineup. The Auto Club 400 can be seen Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

NASCAR will have the same schedule this week that they had last week in Las Vegas. There will be two practices Friday. The first practice is at 4 p.m. ET on FS1 and final practice is at 5:30 p.m. ET on FS1. Qualifying will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on FS1.

My early week pick for the pole is Kevin Harvick. The No. 4 car won 4 poles last season and they all were with the 550 HP aero package. Harvick was very good at qualifying on the two-mile ovals last year. He started second at Auto Club and second at Michigan in 2019. I’ll pick the No. 4 car to start one spot further up this week.

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 used Driver Ratings at the 2-mile tracks in 2019, Driver Rankings from the race at Auto Club last year, Driver Rankings from the race last week at Las Vegas, Green Flag Speed from Las Vegas (we want the drivers who have fast cars) and Average Running Position from Las Vegas.


Here are the early week driver rankings for Auto Club…


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


I will post my final driver rankings Saturday night.


**Stats from Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet Pro

*** Photos from NASCAR Media


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