Early Week Driver Rankings for Pocono


The MENCS heads back to Pocono Raceway this week for the Gander Outdoors 400. This will be the second race at Pocono in the last 7 weeks. Martin Truex Jr. won the last race at the track and there is a great chance he will be racing Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick for the lead this week. The race can be seen Sunday at 2:30 PM ET on NBC Sports Network.

The MENCS will have their condensed schedule this week. The jammed all of the MENCS practices and qualifying into one day (Saturday). They also will have Xfinity Series qualifying and the race Saturday. Since the schedule is so condensed, I will not have time to post DraftKings Xfinity Series picks this week.

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 last race at Pocono, average finishing position on flat tracks, average running position on flat tracks, Green Flag Pass % at Pocono (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 Martin Truex Jr. The No. 78 team has won a series-high 4 poles this season (Kentucky, Richmond, Auto Club and Phoenix). He qualified 4th for the last race at Pocono and this team has found a lot of speed since that race. Truex has qualified on the front row in 3 of the last 4 races at Pocono and he is my pick to start from the pole Sunday.


Here are the early week driver rankings for Pocono…


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


* 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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