NASCAR Driver Rankings for Chicago

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The Cup Series race in the streets of Chicago was supposed to be a big party last year. Mother Nature was not a fan of street course racing, so all of the concerts and celebrations leading up to the inaugural race were canceled. The race was also delayed for over an hour and shortened because of darkness. Hopefully the race this weekend can be the celebration that NASCAR was looking for last year. The race was pretty exciting last year and I expect the same this weekend. The Grant Park 165 can be seen Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

The Chicago Street Course is unlike any other road course on the schedule. Shane van Gisbergen proved that last year when he won the race. SVG had a lot of experience on road courses and it was the first time for most of the Cup Series stars. It is also hard to learn much from last year’s race since it was delayed by rain and shortened by darkness. NASCAR’s decision to end the race at lap 75 really screwed the stats for some of the best drivers in the race (Christopher Bell) and made their performance look bad, when they were actually some of the best drivers in the field. I will still use the stats from last year’s race and add in the stats from COTA and Sonoma this year for the Driver Rankings for Chicago.

Here are the Driver Rankings for the Grant Park 165

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

 

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