Early Week Driver Rankings for Kansas

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The MENCS will travel back to the Heartland for their 2nd race at Kansas Speedway. This will be the final race of Round 2 of the MENCS Playoffs and the last chance for the 12 drivers to advance to the final 8. This race tends to be a lot more chaotic than the first race at Kansas. The race can be seen Sunday at 2pm ET on NBC.

The MENCS will be back to a normal schedule this week. There will be one practice Friday (2pm ET on NBCSN) and qualifying Friday evening (7pm ET on NBCSN). There will be two practices Saturday (10:30am ET on CNBC and 1pm ET on NBCSN). The teams will have plenty of track time to dial in their cars for the Hollywood Casino 400.

12 MENCS teams tested at Kansas last month. The drivers included: Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Jamie McMurray, Austin Dillon, Matt Kenseth, Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon and David Ragan. Elliott posted the top speed on the first day and Buescher posted the fastest speed on day 2. Kyle Busch was the only driver to finish in the top 3 in all of the test sessions at the track.

My early week pick for the pole is Kevin Harvick. The No. 4 car has been the most consistent all season and this team seems to be on a mission to win the 2018 MENCS Championship. Harvick won the pole for the last race at Kansas and he should do it again Friday evening.

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 7 races on the 1.5-mile tracks, driver ranking at Kansas, driver ranking for the season, test results from Kansas last month and driver ranking over the last 6 races (We want drivers who have momentum).

Here are the early week driver rankings for Kansas…

Driver

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

* 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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