Early Week Driver Rankings for Charlotte   


          The MENCS will compete at Charlotte Motor Speedway this week. The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race of the season.  Usually fuel millage and pit strategy mixes up the field at the end of this race. That makes it more unpredictable than your average race on a 1.5-mile track. The race can be seen Sunday evening at 6 pm ET on Fox.

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 the drivers performance in the 2018 season, driver rating at Charlotte, average finishing position at Charlotte, results from the 1.5-mile tracks this season, and the fastest laps of the season (we want driver with fast cars) and quality pass % (we want drivers who can pass other cars).

My early week pick for the pole is Kevin Harvick

Here are the early week driver rankings for Charlotte…


1. Kevin Harvick
2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Kyle Larson
4. Kyle Busch
5. Joey Logano
6. Kurt Busch
7. Brad Keselowski
8. Denny Hamlin
9. Clint Bowyer
10. Ryan Blaney
11. Chase Elliott
12. Erik Jones
13. Aric Almirola
14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
15. Daniel Suarez
16. Paul Menard
17. Austin Dillon
18. Jimmie Johnson
19. Jamie McMurray
20. Alex Bowman
21. Ryan Newman
22. Kasey Kahne
23. William Byron
24. Matt Kenseth
25. Chris Buescher
26. AJ Allmendinger
27. David Ragan
28. Darrell Wallace Jr.
29. Michael McDowell
30. Ty Dillon
31. Matt Dibenedetto
32. Cole Whitt
33. Landon Cassill
34. Ross Chastian
35. Gray Gaulding
36. Reed Sorenson


I will post my final driver rankings after final practice Saturday night.


*Stats from Driveraverages.com and career stats from Racing-Reference.Info


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