Early Week Driver Rankings for Michigan

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The MENCS heads back to Michigan International Speedway this week for the Consumers Energy 400. This will be the second race of the season in the Irish Hills of Michigan. Stewart-Haas Racing dominated the race. Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch led over 40 laps each and Clint Bowyer took his No. 14 Ford to Victory Lane. Will they dominate the race again? The race can be seen Sunday at 2:30 PM ET on NBC Sports Network.

We are back to a normal schedule this week! Thank God! The MENCS cars will practice Friday at 12 PM ET (NBCSN) and qualify Friday evening at 5 PM ET (NBCSN). The cars will be back on the track Saturday for two practices. The first is at 8:30 AM ET (NBCSN) and final practice at 11:30 AM ET (NBCSN).

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 first Michigan race, average finishing position on large ovals this season, Driver Ranking at Michigan, Fastest Laps this Season (This is a fast track so we want cars with speed), Green Flag Pass % at Michigan (We want drivers who can pass other cars) and average finishing position in the last 6 races (We want drivers who have momentum).

My early week pick for the pole is Kevin Harvick. He has won 2 poles this season and he had the best car in the last race at Michigan. His teammate won the pole in June (Kurt Busch) and I am sure crew chief Rodney Childers will take their notes and use it to make the No. 4 car a little fast in qualifying trim. Harvick is my pick to start first Sunday.

Here are the early week driver rankings for Michigan…

Driver

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

 

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

 

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

 

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