Early Week Driver Rankings for Indianapolis

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The MENCS travels to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week for the Brickyard 400. This is one of the crown jewel races in  NASCAR and the last chance for drivers to secure a spot in the 2018 Playoffs. The race can be seen Sunday at 2 PM ET on NBC Sports Network.

The MENCS will have two practices Saturday. The first will be at 10:30 PM ET and the final practice will be at 1:30 PM ET, both on NBCSN. Qualifying will be Saturday evening at 6 PM ET on NBCSN. The cars will be impounded after qualifying so we will need to watch to see if any cars have to start in the back Sunday night.

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 two Pocono races, average finishing position at Indianapolis, Driver Ranking at Indianapolis, Quality Pass % at Indianapolis (We want drivers who can pass other cars), Driver Rankings this season and average finishing position in the last 6 races (We want drivers who have momentum).

My early week pick for the pole is Kyle Busch. He has won the pole for the last two races at Indianapolis and he has won three poles this season. The No. 18 team always shows up with one of the fastest cars for the Brickyard 400. Busch should be a serious threat to win the pole Saturday evening.

 

Here are the early week driver rankings for Indianapolis…

Driver

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

 

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

 

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

 

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