Fantasy NASCAR Preview for Nashville


The Cup Series returns after its only week off in the 2022 season. A new chapter for the Cup Series starts this week. The NASCAR on Fox season is complete and now it is NBC’s turn to take the Cup Series to the checkered flag in the championship race at Phoenix. It all starts Sunday with a trip to Nashville for the second time. The Gen-7 has produced some good racing this year and I expect the same in the Music City.  The Ally 400 can be seen Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on NBC.


Nashville Superspeedway is a 1.33-mile, tri-oval track. It is hard to compare Nashville to any other track on the schedule because of its unique size and shape. I would say it is like a larger Richmond Raceway. Nashville also has similar size and banking as World Wide Technology Raceway (WWT Raceway). I used the data from the races at Richmond and WWT Raceway for the rankings this week. I also used the data from the race at Phoenix and Dover since there are some similarities to those tracks. This should give us a good idea of which drivers will run up front Sunday.

The race last year was completely dominated by Kyle Larson. He led 264 of the 300 laps on his way to Victory Lane. We have not seen many drivers dominate a race like that this year. The Gen-7 car has produced more cautions and tighter racing. There should be more lead changes this week and a closer race for the checkered flag.

Don’t forget… Trackhouse Racing assembles their cars in the old Chip Ganassi Racing shop in Concord, NC, but their headquarters are in Nashville. Team owner Justin Marks said at Media Days last February, “We would like to win every race, but the race at Nashville is important to us. That is our home track and it will be an opportunity for many of the Trackhouse Racing employees to see our drivers on the track. Daniel Suarez finished 7th in that race last year. I expect we will be strong at Nashville again this year.” The Trackhouse Racing drivers (Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez) have been fast this year. I gave them a bump in the rankings this week.

Here are my Driver Rankings for the Ally 400…

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


* These rankings will be updated Saturday after qualifying


Good Luck This Week!


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