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

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


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