Early Week Driver Rankings for Michigan   


The MENCS will compete at Michigan International Speedway this week in the Firecracker Casino 400. This is the fastest track on the schedule and it will be fun to see the top teams battle it out in the Irish Hills of Michigan. The race can be seen Sunday evening at 2 pm ET on Fox.

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 drivers performance in the 2018 season, driver rating at Michigan, average finishing position at Michigan, results from the 1.5-mile and 2-mile tracks this season, and the fastest laps of the season (we want driver with fast cars) and quality pass % (we want drivers who can pass other cars).

My early week pick for the pole is Martin Truex Jr. The No. 78 car has won a series-high 3 poles this season, including the pole in the last race at a 2-mile track at Fontana. Truex has qualified 2nd in the last 2June races at Michigan. I expect him to earn the top spot this week.


Here are the early week driver rankings for Michigan…

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


I will post my final driver rankings after final practice Saturday night.


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


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