Early Week Driver Rankings for Watkins Glen


The MENCS heads back to Watkins Glen International Speedway this week for the Go Bowling at the Glen. This will be the second race of the season on a road course. This track usually provides great racing and some horrific crashes. The race can be seen Sunday at 2:30 PM ET on NBC.

The MENCS will have the same schedule which was used last week at Pocono. There will be two practices Saturday (10AM ET NBC Sports Net and 1PM ET NBC Sports Net), followed by qualifying at 6:35PM ET NBC Sports Net). Once again the condensed schedule will not give me time to write up a DraftKings Xfinity Series article. I will post my picks in the DFS Forum on the FantasyRacingTips website Saturday morning.

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 the results from Sonoma, average finishing position on Watkins Glen, Driver Ranking at Watkins Glen, Road Course Average Running Position,  Green Flag Pass % at Watkins Glen (We want drivers who can pass other cars) and average finishing position in the last 6 races (We want drivers who have momentum).

My early week pick for the pole is Kyle Larson. The No. 42 car won the pole for the race at Sonoma and it should be a serious threat to start from the No. 1 spot Sunday. Larson has qualified 1st, 2nd, 1st and 2nd in his last 4 races on the road courses. He may not be the best pick in the race but he should start up front Sunday.

Here are the early week driver rankings for Watkins Glen…


1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Kyle Busch
3. Denny Hamlin
4. Brad Keselowski
5. A.J. Allmendinger
6. Kurt Busch
7. Daniel Suarez
8. Erik Jones
9. Kevin Harvick
10. Clint Bowyer
11. Erik Jones
12. Matt Kenseth
13. Kyle Larson
14. Jimmie Johnson
15. Joey Logano
16. Ryan Blaney
17. Jamie McMurray
18. Kasey Kahne
19. Aric Almriola
20. Michael McDowell
21. Paul Menard
22. Chris Buescher
23. Ryan Newman
24. Austin Dillon
25. Alex Bowman
26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
27. Matt Dibendetto
28. Ty Dillon
29. William Byron
30. Cole Whitt
31. David Ragan
32. Darrell Wallace Jr.
33. Landon Cassill
34. Gray Gaulding
35. Alex Kennedy
36. J.J. Yeley
37. Tony Drissi

* I will post my final driver rankings after qualifying Saturday evening.


*Stats from Driveraverages.com and career stats from Racing-Reference.Info


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