Early Week Driver Rankings for Daytona 500


The wait is over. It is Speedweeks at Daytona and the NASCAR Cup Series is about to kick off their 62nd season with the Great American Race. The 2020 season should provide a lot of exciting racing. The strongest rookie class in years enters the Cup Series, there are many crew chief changes that should be interesting to watch and each manufacturer should have their cars figured out this year. I cannot wait to get the Fantasy NASCAR season started. The Daytona 500 can be seen Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

NASCAR will have a unique schedule this week. The field will be set for the Daytona 500 with the running of the Bluegreen Vacations Duel Races. The first Duel Race starts at 7 p.m. ET on FS1 and the second Duel Race starts at 8:45 p.m. ET on FS1. There is a practice Friday at 5 p.m. ET on FS1. Final practice is Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on FS1. The Garage Talk Notes will be posted after final practice.

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 at the Superspeedways in 2019 (We need to focus on the current aero package), Laps Completions % at Daytona (We want drivers who do not crash), Driver Rating last 8 races on Superspeedways, Average Finishing Position the Superspeedways in 2019, Average Finishing Position in last 8 races on Superspeedways and Lap Completion % on Superspeedways.


Here are the early week driver rankings for Daytona…


1. Denny Hamlin
2. Joey Logano
3. Kyle Busch
4. Ryan Blaney
5. Ryan Newman
6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
7. Austin Dillon
8. Michael McDowell
9. Chase Elliott
10. Alex Bowman
11. Erik Jones
12. Aric Almirola
13. Matt DiBenedetto
14. Kurt Busch
15. Kevin Harvick
16. Martin Truex Jr.
17. Brad Keselowski
18. Clint Bowyer
19. Jimmie Johnson
20. Chris Buescher
21. Ty Dillon
22. Kyle Larson
23. William Byron
24. Ryan Preece
25. Christopher Bell
26. Cole Custer
27. Tyler Reddick
28. Corey LaJoie
29. David Ragan
30. Brendan Gaughan
31. * Daniel Suarez
32. Darrell Wallace Jr.
33. John H. Nemechek
34. Justin Haley
35. * J.J. Yeley
36. Ross Chastain
37. Joey Gase
38. Quin Houff
39. Brennan Poole
40. * Reed Sorenson
41. B.J. McLeod
42. * Chad Finchum
43. Timmy Hill

* Driver must race his way into the Daytona 500

I will post my final driver rankings Saturday night.


**Stats from Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet Pro

*** Photos from NASCAR Media


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