Final Driver Rankings for Homestead


The NASCAR Cup Series drew for the starting lineup Thursday evening. I factored where each driver starts the race and the location of their pit stalls into my final rankings. I also talked to a crew chief and asked him how the change from a March to a June race would affect the track at Homestead. He said the track will be hot and slick giving the cars less grip. Also, he expects the tire wear to be a lot greater than what we have seen in the past at Homestead. That is the reason why Goodyear decided to bring the same time used at Darlington to the track. He expects the track to be very similar to what we saw at Atlanta. I put a little more emphasis from the Atlanta race into my final rankings.

Each week I post my Driver Rankings for the race. This is not necessarily my prediction of how each driver will finish the race, but each driver’s fantasy value for the race. I use the past stats, practice speeds, starting position, information from the garage and momentum to determine who has the best cars for the race.


Here are my rankings for Homestead…


1. Kevin Harvick
2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Kyle Busch
4. Chase Elliott
5. Denny Hamlin
6. Joey Logano
7. Jimmie Johnson
8. Brad Keselowski
9. Ryan Blaney
10. Erik Jones
11. Kurt Busch
12. Clint Bowyer
13. Alex Bowman
14. Tyler Reddick
15. Austin Dillon
16. Aric Almirola
17. Ryan Newman
18. Matt DiBenedetto
19. William Byron
20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
21. Cole Custer
22. Matt Kenseth
23. Christopher Bell
24. Chris Buescher
25. Darrell Wallace Jr.
26. John H. Nemechek
27. Ryan Preece
28. Michael McDowell
29. Ty Dillon
30. Corey Lajoie
31. Daniel Suarez
32. Brennan Poole
33.J.J. Yeley
34. Quin Houff
35. Reed Sorenson
36. Josh Bilicki
37. B.J. McLeod
38. Joey Gase
39. Timmy Hill


Good luck this week!

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