NASCAR Driver Rankings for Darlington

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The Cup Series will travels to Darlington Raceway for another intermediate track race. How would you like to be Darlington on the schedule and have to follow the race at Kansas? That was one of the best races I have ever seen. Pretty much all of the intermediate track races have been pretty good in the Gen-7 car era. I expect the same at Darlington this weekend. The Goodyear 400 can be seen Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on FS1.

Darlington is a unique track. It is a 1.366-mile, egg-shaped track with high-banking (25 degrees in the corners) and a surface that wears out tires fast. Dover is the closest track in size and banking, and Homestead is the closest in surface, but it is hard to simply use the data from those races to handicap the race at Darlington. Drivers have to be a master at managing their tires, searching the track for grip and riding up against the wall. There are a handful of drivers who have had a lot of success at this track, so we need to focus our picks on track history this week.

There have been four races at Darlington in the Gen-7 car. I used the stats from those races for the rankings this week. I added a little extra weight to the two races last year in the rankings, since the teams were still trying to figure out the Gen-7 car in 2022. I also added in the stats from the race at Kansas last week and Dover last month so we have some data from this season’s cars in the rankings.

Here are the Driver Rankings for the Goodyear 400

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

 

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