Early Week Driver Rankings for Chicago


The leadership at NASCAR stayed pretty close to their roots for 70 years, but the new leadership proved that they are not afraid to try racing at some tracks that would blow the minds of the NASCAR fans from the 1980’s and 1990’s. First, they put dirt on Bristol, then they raced in the Los Angeles Coliseum, and now the Cup Series will race on the streets in Chicago. So, what do you think of these novelty tracks? I hate the dirt on Bristol, I am OK with the Clash at the Coliseum, and I am trying to keep an open mind about the street course.

So, how do we handicap this race? We could just give Joey Logano the trophy since he always wins the first race at a track (Logano won the first dirt track race at Bristol and the inaugural race at the L.A. Coliseum). We could give the trophy to Martin Truex Jr. since he just smoked the field at Sonoma, or we could simply place Tyler Reddick in Victory Lane since he has won three of the last six road course races. I think this race is wide open, so more drivers will be in play this week.

I used the stats from the technical road course tracks to help handicap the Grant Park 220. I used the data from the races at COTA and Sonoma this year and combined it with the data from the races at Watkins Glen, Road America, Sonoma and COTA last year. This will give us a large sample size of road course races on the more difficult tracks.

Here are my early week driver rankings for the Grant Park 220

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


Be sure to check back Sunday Morning for the updated Driver Rankings for the race Sunday.


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