Early Week Driver Rankings for Talladega


The short track portion of the NASCAR schedule is complete and now it is time for the Cup Series to compete on another Superspeedway. The race Sunday at Talladega will be the third race in 2023 on a Superspeedway (Daytona and Atlanta were the other two). The teams will not have any time to practice for the GEICO 500 Sunday. The cars will line up for qualifying Saturday morning and then race Sunday afternoon.

We will not have any practice speeds to work with (not that it matters at Talladega), so we will have to use the data from the two Superspeedway races this year and the results at Talladega in the past. The Fords have been the best in the pack and then have been able to push harder that the Toyota’s and Chevy’s this year. I will have many of the Fords at the top of my Driver Rankings this week.

Here are my early week driver rankings for the GEICO 500

1. Joey Logano
2. Brad Keselowski
3. Denny Hamlin
4. Ryan Blaney
5. Chase Elliott
6. Christopher Bell
7. Erik Jones
8. Alex Bowman
9. Ross Chastain
10. Chris Buescher
11. Kevin Harvick
12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
13. Austin Cindric
14. Martin Truex Jr.
15. William Byron
16. Aric Almirola
17. Michael McDowell
18. Kyle Busch
19. Corey LaJoie
20. Kyle Larson
21. Bubba Wallace
22. Ty Gibbs
23. AJ Allmendinger
24. Daniel Suarez
25. Ryan Preece
26. Justin Haley
27. Austin Dillon
28. Tyler Reddick
29. Todd Gilliland
30. Noah Gragson
31. Zane Smith
32. Austin Hill
33. Chase Briscoe
34. Riley Herbst
35. Ty Dillon
36. Harrison Burton
37. J.J. Yeley
38. B.J. McLeod


The driver’s starting position really does not matter at Talladega. I doubt I will change the Driver Rankings before the race Sunday.


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