Early Week Driver Rankings for Las Vegas


The Cup Series travels across the Mojave Desert on I-15 this week to Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). This is one of my favorite tracks and it used to be my home track. LVMS is a 1.5-mile intermediate track. It races a lot like Kansas Speedway. The track has some character with the bumps over the tunnel, but tire wear will not be as much of a factor as it was last week at Fontana. Track position typically is very important in Sin City, so stacking your lineups with drivers who start in the back will not be a good idea like it was last week. All three series (Cup, Xfinity and Trucks) will compete this weekend, so there will be plenty of racing to keep you entertained.

I used the Driver Rating from the two races at Las Vegas last year, the intermediate track races in the playoffs last year and added in the stats from the race at Auto Club to determine my driver ratings. I am friends with one of the sportsbook directors in Las Vegas (Micah Roberts) and he tells me that this is the most wagered on race of the season in Las Vegas. The sportsbooks spend a lot of time researching this race to get the odds right. I will factor in the Las Vegas odds into the rankings too.

Here are my early week driver rankings for the Pennzoil 400

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


The updated rankings will be posted Saturday after qualifying.


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