Early Week Driver Rankings for Martinsville


The Round of 8 in the MENCS Playoffs will begin at Martinsville Speedway. Who will be the first driver to secure a spot in the Championship race at Homestead? This race always involves beating and banging but the intensity usually crosses the line when there is so much to race face. The short tracks always produce the best racing in the playoffs.  The race can be seen Sunday at 2:30pm ET on NBC Sports Net.

The First Data 500 will have a condensed schedule this week. There will be two practices Saturday morning (9am ET on CNBC and 11:30am ET on CNBC). Qualifying will be at 4pm ET on NBCSN.

My early week pick for the pole is Joey Logano. The No. 22 car won the pole last week at Kansas and I would not be surprised if Logano made it two in a row. Logano has won the pole 3 of the last 6 races at Martinsville. His average qualifying position at the paper-clip shaped track since 2014 is 2.8. He really knows how to start up front at this track.

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 results from the flat track races, driver ranking at Martinsville, average finishing position at Martinsville,  driver ranking for the season, and driver ranking over the last 6 races (We want drivers who have momentum).

Here are the early week driver rankings for Martinsville…


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

* I will post my final driver rankings after qualifying Saturday evening.


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


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