Early Week Driver Rankings for Chicago


The MENCS will compete at Chicagoland Speedway this week in the Overton’s 400. After a week off and a trip to the west coast, it will be back to intermediate track racing for the MENCS.  The race can be seen Sunday evening at 2 pm ET on NBC Sports Network.

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 driver’s performance on the 1.5-mile tracks this season, driver rating at Chicago, average finishing position at Chicago, results from the last 6 races this season and driver rating for the season to determine my rankings.

My early week pick for the pole is Kyle Busch.  He has the best average starting position on the 1.5-mile tracks this season (5.2) and he has won two poles (Atlanta and Charlotte). Busch has also won the pole for 3 of the last 4 races at Chicagoland Speedway. The No. 18 car should have a great chance to post the fastest speed in qualifying Saturday.

Here are the early week driver rankings for Chicago…

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

* I will post my final driver rankings after qualifying Saturday night.


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


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