Early Week Driver Rankings for Kentucky


The MENCS will compete at Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400. This will be the seventh race of the season on a 1.5-mile track. These races have been pretty easy to predict since the same drivers continue to run up front the week. The race can be seen Saturday night at 7:30 pm ET on NBC Sports Network.

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 driver’s rating on 1-5-mile tracks, average finishing position on 1.5-mile, average running position on 1.5-mile tracks, driver ratings at Kentucky, average finishing position at Kentucky 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 won the pole for two races on the 1.5-mile tracks (Atlanta and Charlotte) and he has a series-best 5.3 average starting position in the last four races at Kentucky (including a pole last year). The No. 18 team is very good at unloading with a lot of speed at Kentucky. He is the best pick for the pole according to the stats.

Here are the early week driver rankings for Kentucky…

1. Kyle Busch
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Kyle Larson
5. Kurt Busch
6. Clint Bowyer
7. Joey Logano
8. Brad Keselowski
9. Erik Jones
10. Ryan Blaney
11. Denny Hamlin
12. Aric Almirola
13. Chase Elliott
14. Jamie McMurray
15. Paul Menard
16. Ryan Newman
17. Alex Bowman
18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
19. Jimmie Johnson
20. Darrell Wallace Jr.
21. Daniel Suarez
22. Austin Dillon
23. Kasey Kahne
24. William Byron
25. Chris Buescher
26. Michael McDowell
27. Trevor Bayne
28. David Ragan
29. AJ Allmendinger
30. Ty Dillon
31. Matt Dibendetto
32. Cole Whitt
33. Ross Chastian
34. Landon Cassill
35. Joey Gase
36. Reed Sorenson

* I will post my final driver rankings after qualifying Friday night.


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


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