NASCAR Driver Rankings for Kansas

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The Cup Series will travel to Heartland this weekend to race at Kansas Speedway. The Cup Series schedule used to be dominated by the 1.5-mile “cookie-cutter” tracks. That is not the case anymore. There are only six races on these types of tracks this year. That is too bad, because these are the tracks where the Gen-7 car puts on the best show. I expect a pretty good race this week at Kansas Speedway. The Advent Health 400 can be seen Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on FS1.

There have been two races on the 1.5-mile tracks this year and they could not be more different. The race at Las Vegas only had four cautions (not including the Stage breaks) and the race was completely dominated by Kyle Larson. The No. 5 car led 181 laps and Larson went to Victory Lane. The race at Texas set a new track record with 16 cautions. It was more like a “Battle Royal” race, where the drivers fought to simply stay in the race. Chase Elliott kept his car clean and went to Victory Lane. Kyle Larson led the most laps at Texas too, but there were a lot more lead changes in the Lone Star State. I expect the race Sunday to play out like the race at Las Vegas.

There have been four races in the Gen-7 car at Kansas. Most of these races have been dominated by the same drivers. I doubt that will change this weekend. I used the data from the four races at Kansas and added in the data from the race at Las Vegas earlier this season for the Driver Rankings this week. The race at Texas last month was a mess, so I am not going to use the data from that race to handicap the race at Kansas.

Here are the Driver Rankings for the Advent Health 400

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

 *Erik Jones is listed to drive the No. 43 car Sunday, but he has not been cleared by the doctors yet. Jones is scheduled to meet with the doctors later this week and then Legacy Motor Club will decide who will drive the car. I would expect to see Corey Heim in the car again, since Jimmie Johnson is also entered into the race.

 

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