Early Week Driver Rankings for Bristol

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It’s Bristol Baby! If you think it would be cool to mix a demolition derby with a Superspeedway, then the Bristol Night Race is for you. There are many drivers who have scores to settle and others who will do anything possible to secure a place in the playoffs… Even if that means sending another driver into the fence. If there is not a fight after the checkered-flag this week, they did not do it right. This is “Must See TV on NBC.  The Bristol Night Race can be seen Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

NASCAR will have two practices Friday and qualifying Friday evening. The first practice is at 11 a.m. ET (NBCSN) and the final practice is at 1 p.m. ET (NBCSN). Qualifying is at 5:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN).

The cars will have a similar aero package as in the past. The cars will have 750 HP engines, without aero ducts. I expect the track will add the PJ1 compound to the trick to help promote racing at the top and bottom of the track.

My early week pick for the pole is Chase Elliott. The No 9 car has been very good at starting up front at Bristol. Elliott won the pole for the April race at Bristol and he qualified 2nd for the Bristol Night Race last year. Elliott also won the pole for the race at Dover this season (very similar track to Bristol). Elliott has 3 poles this season and I think he will add another pole Friday.

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 Rating on the Bristol, Average Finishing Bristol, Driver Rating at Steep Tracks (Bristol and Dover), Average Running Position at Steep Tracks (Bristol and Dover) and momentum over the last 4 oval races.

 

Here are the early week driver rankings for Bristol…

Driver

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

 

* I will post my final driver rankings Saturday night.

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

*** Photos from NASCAR Media

 

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