Early Week Driver Rankings for WWT Raceway

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The NASCAR Cup Series will take the green flag in their 15th race of the season this week at WWT Raceway. This will be the second race for the Cup Series just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. The tracks are starting to heat up and so is the racing as the teams try to position themselves for a run for the 2023 Championship. The Enjoy Illinois 300 can be seen Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1.

The race at WWT Raceway (of Gateway Motorsports Park) is the toughest race to handicap this season. The track is a 1.25-mile flat track. The track most similar to WWT Raceway is Phoenix and New Hampshire. The Cup Series will use a different aero package from what they had at Phoenix and the cars have not competed at New Hampshire yet. Richmond is also a flat track, but it is ½-mile smaller than WWT Raceway. So, do we use the data from Phoenix and Richmond or do we use the data from the other races using the Intermediate aero package (Las Vegas, Kansas, and Charlotte)?

The Fords dominated the race at WWT Raceway last year, but they haven’t show any speed until the Coca-Cola 600. Hendrick Motorsports struggled at WWT Raceway last year, but they have been dominant in the races using the intermediate aero package. There are a lot of variables which make this race tough to predict.

I am using the stats from the race at WWT Raceway last year and combining it with the data from the races at Phoenix and Richmond. I think the flat track races will be more helpful in predicting which teams will have speed this week then the data from the larger intermediate track races. I cannot ignore that data though, so I will combine the stats from Las Vegas, Kansas and Charlotte and add it to the formula used to help predict this race.

Here are my early week driver rankings for the Enjoy Illinois 300

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

 

Be sure to check back Saturday night for the updated Driver Rankings for the race Sunday.

 

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