Early Week Driver Rankings for Texas


The first round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs is in the books and now it is time for the Round of 12 to begin. Most of the teams believe the Round of 12 is the toughest round to navigate because the Cup Series will compete at Talladega and the Charlotte Roval before they move on to the Round of Eight. That makes this week’s race at Texas very important. The 12 teams competing for the championship desperately want to win at Texas, so they do not have to worry about Talladega and the Roval. It will be fun to see how it all plays out.

Texas is a 1.5-mile intermediate track. It is similar in size and shape to Charlotte, Kansas and Las Vegas. I am going to focus on what happened in the last round of the playoffs at Kansas. I will give that race extra weight in the rankings this week. I will also look at the drivers who ran well in all three races in the Round of 16 (so we can factor momentum into the rankings), who had speed last year at Texas (so we can facture track history into the rankings) and then the cars data from the 1.5-mile intermediate tracks in 2023. This should give us a good idea of which teams will bring a fast car to the track this weekend.

Here are my early week driver rankings for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400 at Texas…

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


Be sure to check back Sunday morning for the updated Driver Rankings.


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