Early Week Driver Rankings for Watkins Glen


The NASCAR Cup Series will travel to Watkins Glen the weekend for another road course race. This will be the second consecutive road course race for the Cup Series and the fifth road course race on the Cup Series schedule. This is also race No. 25 of the 2023 season. That means there are only two more chances for a driver to win a race and secure a spot in the playoffs. Michael McDowell added his name to the list of drivers locked into the playoffs last week. Will we get another first time winner Sunday? It should be fun to watch. The Go Bowling at the Glen can be seen Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on USA Network.

The Cup Series has now raced at four road course tracks (COTA, Sonoma, Chicago and Indianapolis). We can throw out the data from the Chicago Street Course race, so really we only have three races to work with. I will use the data from COTA, Sonoma and Indy and combine it with the data from the road course races in the Gen-7 car last year. This should give us a good idea of which teams will be fast when the cars are unloaded for practice Saturday.

Here are my early week driver rankings for the Go Bowling at the Glen

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


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


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