Early Week Driver Rankings for Bristol


It’s Bristol Baby! The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be back to short track racing at Bristol this week. This is the first race track I ever attended a race at and wow is it awesome. If you have never been to Thunder Valley it needs to be on your bucket list. The action is incredible. Just bring your ear plugs. The Food City 500 is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox Sports 1.

It will be a normal schedule for the MENCS this week. The first practice will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET and qualifying will be at 6 p.m. ET (FS1). There will be two practices Saturday for the teams to dial in their cars. The first is at 8:30 a.m. ET and final practice is at 11 a.m. ET. I will post my Garage Talk Notes after final practice.

My early week pick for the pole is Kyle Larson. He won the pole for the last race at Bristol and he should have a good chance to do it again Friday. Larson has qualified 1st, 6th, 2nd and 1st in the last 4 races in Thunder Valley. He just knows how to turn fast laps at this track.

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 rankings from Bristol since the repave, average finishing position, green flag passes (it is hard to pass so we want drivers who know how to do it), short track driver rankings for 2019 and Dover / Bristol combined ranking. The drivers who were fast in those races should be up front Sunday.


Here are the early week driver rankings for Bristol…


1. Kyle Larson
2. Kyle Busch
3. Kevin Harvick
3. Jimmie Johnson
4. Joey Logano
5. Erik Jones
6. Chase Elliott
7. Ryan Blaney
8. Ricky Stenhouse
9. Clint Bowyer
10. Brad Keselowski
11. Kurt Busch
12. Denny Hamlin
13. Martin Truex Jr.
14. Alex Bowman
15. Daniel Suarez
16. Ryan Preece
17. Aric Almirola
18. Austin Dillon
19. Matt DiBenedetto
20. Ryan Newman
21. Paul Menard
22. William Byron
23. Daniel Hemric
24. David Ragan
25. Ty Dillon
26. Chris Buescher
27. Darrell Wallace Jr.
28. Matt Tifft
29. Landon Cassill
30. Michael McDowell
31. Ross Chastain
32. Corey LaJoie
33. Reed Sorenson
34. Parker Klingerman
35. Garrett Smithley
36. B.J. McLeod
37. Timmy Hill
38. Bayley Currey


* I will post my final driver rankings Saturday evening.

**Stats from Driveraverages.com and NASCAR Media. Career stats from Racing-Reference.Info

*** Photos from NASCAR Media


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