NASCAR Driver Rankings for Bristol

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The Cup Series will head back to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, but the racing will not be like it was last year. The dirt has been removed and the concrete is back. Finally, It’s Bristol Baby!!! I know some people liked the dirt track racing, but I was not a fan of doing it at Bristol. It is nice to see the concrete track back and the beating and banging for position that comes with it. The Food City 500 can be seen Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

Bristol is no doubt a short track, but NASCAR is not scheduled to use the short track aero package that was used last week in Phoenix. NASCAR said before the season that they would decide if they wanted to bring that package to Bristol after they saw how it performed in Phoenix. I have heard that they plan to use the traditional intermediate aero package at Bristol on St. Patrick’s Day.

There are drivers who are really good at Bristol and drivers who cannot wait to get out of the Bristol Bullring. I used the data from the two races at Bristol on the concrete in the Gen-7 car for most of my driver rankings this week. I added in the combined data from Dover and Bristol in the Gen-7 car and the driver rankings from the 2024 season (so I can factor momentum into the rankings). The drivers ranked in the top-10 were significantly better than the rest of the field. Practice and qualifying could change things, but I plan to stick with the drivers in the top-10 of the rankings this week.

Here are the Driver Rankings for the Food City 500

DRIVER
1. CHRISTOPHER BELL
2. KYLE LARSON
3. DENNY HAMLIN
4. TY GIBBS
5. MARTIN TRUEX JR.
6. CHRIS BUESCHER
7. WILLIAM BYRON
8. CHASE ELLIOTT
9. BRAD KESELOWSKI
10. TYLER REDDICK
11. BUBBA WALLACE
12. MICHAEL MCDOWELL
13. RYAN PREECE
14. ROSS CHASTAIN
15. ALEX BOWMAN
16. KYLE BUSCH
17. RYAN BLANEY
18. NOAH GRAGSON
19. CARSON HOCEVAR
20. JOEY LOGANO
21. A.J. ALLMENDINGER
22. RICKY STENHOUSE JR.
23. CHASE BRISCOE
24. DANIEL SUAREZ
25. JOSH BERRY
26. ERIK JONES
27. COREY LAJOIE
28. JOHN H. NEMECHEK
29. AUSTIN CINDRIC
30. AUSTIN DILLON
31. HARRISON BURTON
32. DANIEL HEMRIC
33. TODD GILLILAND
34. ZANE SMITH
35. JUSTIN HALEY
36. KAZ GRALA

 

 

 

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