Early Week Driver Rankings for Kansas

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be back to Saturday night racing in the Heartland. Kansas Speedway has been lightning fast since it was repaved following the 2012 season. The 550 HP engines with the 2” splitter, 8” spoiler and aero ducts will be used this week. That should make the corner speeds really fast and promote close racing under the lights. The Digital Ally 400 can be seen Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

The MENCS will have fewer practices this week since they are cramming all on-track activity into one day. The first practice is Friday at 12:30 p.m. ET (No TV) and final practice will be Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET on FS1.  Qualifying is Friday at 7 p.m. ET (FS1).

My early week pick for the pole is Kevin Harvick. The No. 4 car has a series-best average starting position at Kansas Speedway. He also has been good at qualifying on the pole this season on the 1.5-mile tracks. Harvick won the pole at Las Vegas this season and he won the pole for this race last year. He should have a great chance to win the pole again Friday 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 driver rankings from Kansas, average finishing position at Kansas, average running position at the intermediate tracks this season, driver rankings at the intermediate tracks this season and the drivers with momentum over the last 4 races (not including Talladega).

 

Here are the early week driver rankings for Kansas…

Driver

1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Kyle Busch
3. Kevin Harvick
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Denny Hamlin
6. Joey Logano
7. Ryan Blaney
8. Chase Elliott
9. Kurt Busch
10. Kyle Larson
11. Erik Jones
12. Clint Bowyer
13. Aric Almirola
14. Daniel Saurez
15. Jimmie Johnson
16. Alex Bowman
17. Austin Dillon
18. William Byron
19. Ricky Stenhouse
20. Ryan Newman
21. Paul Menard
22. Chris Buescher
23. Ty Dillon
24. Daniel Hemric
25. Matt DiBenedetto
26. Tyler Reddick
27. David Ragan
28. Ryan Preece
29. Michael McDowell
30. Darrell Wallace Jr.
31. Matt Tifft
32. Corey LaJoie
33. Ross Chastain
34. Landon Cassill
35. Cody Ware
36. B.J. McLeod
37. Reed Sorenson

 

* I will post my final driver rankings Saturday night.

**Stats from Driveraverages.com and NASCAR Media. Career stats from Racing-Reference.Info

*** Photos from NASCAR Media

 

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