Early Week Driver Rankings for Pocono 


The MENCS will compete at Pocono Raceway this week in the Pocono 400. The “Tricky Triangle” is not like any other track on the schedule. The three unique corners and the three long straightaway’s make the crew chiefs and engine builders very important this week. The teams who can get their cars to rolled through each corner and generate the most speed on the long straightaway’s will be the teams to beat this week. The race can be seen Sunday evening at 6 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 Pocono, average finishing position at Pocono, results from the flat 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 Kyle Busch (He won the pole for both races last year)

Here are the early week driver rankings for Pocono…

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


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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