Early Week Driver Rankings for Charlotte Roval


The MENCS teams were scared to death about what would happen at the Charlotte Roval last year. NASCAR officials were worried too because they did not even know what to expect from a half road course / half oval track. Well, it turned out to have a lot of chaos but the ending was one of the best of the season. The teams will have a lot more information to use this week so I doubt we will see 20 cars following Brad Keselowski into the wall. I still expect an exciting race. The Bank of America Roval 400 can be seen Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC.

NASCAR will be back to a normal schedule this week. There will be one practice Friday (12 p.m. ET on NBCSN). Teams will use this practice to dial in their cars for qualifying which takes place Friday evening at 4:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The teams will have two practices Saturday to get their cars ready for the race. The 2nd practice will be at 11 a.m. ET Saturday (TV-TBD) and final practice at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN.    

The cars will have the 550 HP engines with the 2” splitter, 8” spoiler and aero ducts this week. This is different from what the teams had at the two previous road course races this season (Sonoma and Watkins Glen). The cars had the 750 HP aero package in those races and that is what was used in the Roval race last year. The lower HP package will only affect the cars and oval part of the track so I do not expect much change from what we saw at this track last year.

My early week pick for the pole is Kyle Larson. He has been awesome at qualifying on the road courses. Larson won the pole at Sonoma this season and he has not qualified outside the top 5 on a road course track since his rookie season (2014). I expect the No. 42 car to start up front 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 on the Charlotte Roval, Average Running Position at the Charlotte Roval, Driver Rating at Road Courses, Average Running Position at Road Courses, Green Flag Passes in the last 5 races at Road Courses and momentum over the last 4 oval races.


Here are the early week driver rankings for Charlotte Roval…


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


* 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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