Early Week Driver Rankings for Dover

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The first round of the MENCS Playoffs are in the books and now only 12 drivers still have a chance to win the championship. The series will head back to Dover International Speedway this week for the Gander Outdoors 400. The MENCS last competed at Dover in May and the race was dominated by Kevin Harvick. It will be interesting to see which driver is the first to clinch a spot in Round 3 of the playoffs. The race can be seen Sunday at 2pm ET on NBC Sports Network.

The MENCS will have a normal schedule this week. There will be one practice Friday (12pm ET on NBCSN) and two practices Saturday (11am ET on CNBC and 1:30pm ET on NBCSN). Qualifying will be Friday afternoon at 3:30pm ET on NBC Sports App (Yes there is no TV for this and that just sucks!).

My early week pick for the pole is Martin Truex Jr. He has been the best driver at qualifying at Dover over the last 2 seasons. The No. 78 car has qualified 3rd, 1st, 2nd and 2nd since 2016 at the Monster Mile. Truex considers this one of his many home tracks. I am sure he will be extra motivated to start up front Sunday.

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 results from the first race at Dover, results from the last 5 races at Dover, Driver Ranking on Steep Tracks this season, and Average Finishing Position in the last 6 races (We want drivers who have momentum) to determine my rankings.

Here are the early week driver rankings for Dover…

DRIVER

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

 

* I will post my final driver rankings after final practice Saturday evening.

 

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

 

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