Early Week Driver Rankings for Bristol


Wow, that was fast…. The Cup Series has already reached the final race in the Round of 16. Kyle Larson and Tyler Reddick advanced to the Round of 12 with their wins (Larson at Darlington and Reddick at Kansas). Who will join them this week? “It’s Bristol Baby” and it is going to be fun to see these guys beat and bang their way to Victory Lane. The Bass Pro Shops Night Race can be seen Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on USA Network.

Isn’t it nice to know the Cup Series is going to race at Bristol and the track is not going to be covered in dirt? I know some people are fans of the Bristol Dirt Race, but I am not in that group. Bristol is one of the best tracks on the circuit (at least it was before the Gen-7 car came around) and it did not need to be changed. Hopefully the new car can put on a good show under the lights at Bristol.

Bristol is a .533-mile, high-banked concrete oval. The track takes rubber fast, but passing has been difficult in the Gen-7 car. There really isn’t any track on the schedule that is the same at Bristol. I typically look at the driver’s track history at Bristol to help handicap this race. Drivers either know how to get around Bristol or they are in the way. I also add in the data from Dover (another high-banked, concrete oval) and then I use the data from the other short tracks in 2023. This should give us a good idea of which drivers will be fast Saturday night.

Here are my early week driver rankings for the Bass Pro Shops 500 at Bristol…

1. Christopher Bell
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Kyle Larson
4. Denny Hamlin
5. William Byron
6. Chase Elliott
7. Brad Keselowski
8. Chris Buescher
9. Kyle Busch
10. Ryan Blaney
11. Joey Logano
12. Martin Truex Jr.
13. Ross Chastain
14. Chase Briscoe
15. Bubba Wallace
16. AJ Allmendinger
17. Aric Almirola
18. Ryan Preece
19. Tyler Reddick
20. Alex Bowman
21. Erik Jones
22. Ty Gibbs
23. Michael McDowell
24. Austin Dillon
25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
26. Daniel Suarez
27. Justin Haley
28. Harrison Burton
29. Corey LaJoie
30. Carson Hocevar
31. Todd Gilliland
32. Austin Cindric
33. Cole Custer
34. Ty Dillon
35. J.J. Yeley
36. B.J. McLeod


Be sure to check back Saturday morning for the updated Driver Rankings.


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