Early Week Driver Rankings for Talladega


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will take a week off before traveling to Talladega Superspeedway for the Geico 500. It is a new era for NASCAR at Talladega. The restrictor-plates are gone. The cars will run the 550 HP engines with the 2” splitter, 8” spoiler and aero ducts. NASCAR hopes this provides better racing for the fans. We will see how it all plays out. The race can be seen Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on Fox.

It will be a unique schedule for the MENCS this week. There will be two practices Friday. The first practice will be Friday at 1:35 p.m. ET (No TV). Final practice is Friday at 4:35 p.m. ET (FS1). Qualifying will be Saturday at 4:40 p.m. ET (Fox). There will be no Garage Talk Notes for this race since practice speeds do not mean much at Talladega and the information from the garage is limited.

My early week pick for the pole is Kurt Busch. He has not been very good at qualifying this season, but Busch is coming of a second-place starting position at Richmond and this is not an ordinary track. Busch won the pole for the last race at Talladega and he qualified second in the spring race last year. The Chevy’s have been fast in Q-trim so I will go with the No. 1 car for the No. 1 position 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 driver rankings from Talladega, average finishing position at Talladega, average finishing position on Superspeedways, driver rankings on Superspeedways and accident avoidance (How few DNFs each driver has) to determine the rankings.


Here are the early week driver rankings for Talladega…


1. Joey Logano
2. Ricky Stenhouse
3. Kevin Harvick
4. Denny Hamlin
5. Aric Almirola
6. Brad Keselowski
7. Kyle Busch
8. Kurt Busch
9. Jimmie Johnson
10. Alex Bowman
11. Ryan Blaney
12. Chase Elliott
13. William Byron
14. Paul Menard
15. Erik Jones
16. Kyle Larson
17. Daniel Suarez
18. Clint Bowyer
19. Ty Dillon
20. Ryan Newman
21. David Ragan
22. Matt DiBenedetto
23. Darrell Wallace Jr.
24. Martin Truex Jr.
25. Michael McDowell
26. Austin Dillon
27. Chris Buescher
28. Ryan Preece
29. Tyler Reddick
30. Daniel Hemric
31. Brendan Gaughan
32. Landon Cassill
33. Matt Tifft
34. Ross Chastain
35. Parker Klingerman
36. Corey LaJoie
37. Gray Gaulding


* I will post my final driver rankings Saturday night (April 27th).

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

*** Photos from NASCAR Media


If you need any further advice with your team, look for me on Twitter @MrFantasyNASCAR

If you like Fantasy NASCAR, LIKE my Fantasy NASCAR Tips Page on Facebook