Early Week Driver Rankings for New Hampshire


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will travel to the Granite State to compete in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. This will be the first race at a track smaller than 1.5-mile since the beginning of May. The races at the “Magic Mile” are always fun to watch. The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 can be seen Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

NASCAR will finally be back to a regular schedule. There will be one practice Friday at 12 p.m. ET (NBCSN) and qualifying Friday evening at 4:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN). There will be two practices Saturday. The first is at 10 a.m. ET (NBCSN) and final practice is at 12:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN).

The cars will be back to 750 HP engines. The aero ducts will be removed. The only difference from the aero package we will see this week from what the cars had last season is the 2” splitter and the 8” spoiler on the cars. Previous results at New Hampshire should translate into speed Sunday.

My early week pick for the pole is Joey Logano. New Hampshire is the home track for Logano. He has the best average qualifying position on the short tracks this season. Logano won the pole at Martinsville and that is a shorter version of the Magic Mile. I have Logano penciled in as my pole winner before we get to see the cars on track for the first time Friday.

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 Driver Ranking from New Hampshire, Average Finishing Position at New Hampshire, Driver Rating on the Short Tracks this season, Driver Rankings on the flat tracks this season and Average Finishing Position on the last 4 non-Superspeedway oval tracks (Momentum is important.


Here are the early week driver rankings for New Hampshire…


1. Kyle Busch
2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Chase Elliott
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Kyle Larson
6. Denny Hamlin
7. Ryan Blaney
8. Brad Keselowski
9. Jimmie Johnson
10. Joey Logano
11. William Byron
12. Kurt Busch
13. Alex Bowman
14. Clint Bowyer
15. Aric Almirola
16. Daniel Suarez
17. Austin Dillon
18. Ryan Newman
19. Erik Jones
20. Paul Menard
21. Ricky Stenhouse
22. Ty Dillon
23. Matt DiBenedetto
24. Chris Buescher
25. Daniel Hemric
26. Ryan Preece
27. Bubba Wallace
28. Michael McDowell
29. David Ragan
30. Matt Tifft
31. Corey Lajoie
32. Ross Chastain
34. Landon Cassill
35. Reed Sorenson
36. Quin Houff
37. Bayley Currey
38. Cody Ware
39. J.J. Yeley


* I will post my final driver rankings Saturday night.

**Stats from Driveraverages.com and NASCAR Media. Career stats from Racing-Reference.Info

*** Photos from NASCAR Media


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