Early Week Driver Rankings for Sonoma

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The MENCS will compete at Sonoma Raceway this week in the Toyota / Save Mart 350. The teams received a much needed week off before traveling across the country for the first road course race of the season.  The race can be seen Sunday evening at 3 pm ET on Fox Sports 1.

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 Sonoma, average finishing position at Sonoma, results from the road courses the last 2 seasons andand quality pass %  at Sonoma (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 3 poles this season. Truex has qualified 3rd in the last 2 races at Sonoma. There have been 5 different pole winners in the last 5 races at Sonoma. This week should be Truex’s turner to start from the No. 1 position.

Here are the early week driver rankings for Sonoma…

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

* The official entry list will be posted Tuesday afternoon

** 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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