Early Week Driver Rankings for Kansas


NBC Sports has been featuring the “My Roots, My Tracks” promotion this season. This week the MENCS travels to my home track, Kansas Speedway. This track is always windy and the key to making fast laps is to get your car to travel over the potholes… I mean bumps… in the track. This is the final chance for the 12 drivers competing for the championship to advance into the Round of 8. It should get exciting this week. The Hollywood Casino 400 can be seen Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

NASCAR will have two practices Friday. The first practice is at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN and final practice is at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Qualifying for the Hollywood Casino 400 is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The cars will have the 550 HP engines with the 2” splitter, 8” spoiler and aero ducts this week. It is the same package used at all of the 1.5-mile tracks this season. The track that is most similar to Kansas Speedway is Las Vegas Motor Speedway. We can use the South Point 400 Results to help predict the race Sunday since that was a playoff race and teams showed what they had for the championship that week.

My early week pick for the pole is Kevin Harvick. The No. 4 car won the pole for the last race at Kansas and Harvick won the pole at Las Vegas. This is a very good track for the No. 4 team so I expect them to want to make a statement to the field and start the race from the pole position.

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 Kansas, Average Running Position at Kansas, Driver Rating at the 1.5-mile Tracks, Average Running Position at 1.5-mile Tracks, Driver Rating in the South Point Casino 400 and momentum over the last 4 oval races.


Here are the early week driver rankings for Kansas…


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


* 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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