Early Week Driver Rankings for Kansas


The 2023 NASCAR Cup Series will travel to “The Heartland” this week to race at Kansas Speedway. This is my home track and the one I have visited the most. The racing at Kansas is pretty good since they added the progressive banking. The cars will be all over the track, searching for the lane that works best for their cars. The variable that makes this track tricky is the winds. Kansas Speedway is located in an open field (it does have nice hotels, excellent restaurants and tons of shopping right next door) and when the winds pick up, it can be tough to hold onto the car. It should be one of the better races in 2023. The AdventHealth 400 can be seen Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on FS1.

The Cup Series will use the normal intermediate package this week. This will be the same package used at Auto Club, Las Vegas and last week at Dover. I will use the data from those races and the two races in the Gen-7 car last year at Kansas for the driver rankings this week. I will also sprinkle in some of the data from the last three oval (non-dirt) track races (Dover, Martinsville and Richmond) to give a bump to the drivers with momentum right now.

Here are my early week driver rankings for the AdventHealth 400

1. William Byron
2. Kyle Larson
3. Ross Chastain
4. Denny Hamlin
5. Martin Truex Jr.
6. Christopher Bell
7. Chase Elliott
8. Bubba Wallace
9. Kyle Busch
10. Ryan Blaney
11. Brad Keselowski
12. Tyler Reddick
13. Ty Gibbs
14. Josh Berry
15. Kevin Harvick
16. Daniel Suarez
17. Joey Logano
18. Chris Buescher
19. Austin Cindric
20. Chase Briscoe
21. AJ Allmendinger
22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
23. Aric Almirola
24. Erik Jones
25. Austin Dillon
26. Corey LaJoie
27. Justin Haley
28. Michael McDowell
29. Ryan Preece
30. Todd Gilliland
31. Harrison Burton
32. Noah Gragson
33. Ty Dillon
34. J.J. Yeley
35. Brennan Poole
36. Josh Bilicki


Be sure to check back Saturday night for the updated Driver Rankings for the race Sunday at the Monster Mile.


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