NASCAR Driver Rankings for Pocono

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The Cup Series will travel to Pocono Raceway this weekend. This is the 21st race on the 2024 schedule. That means there are only six races left for the drivers to secure their spot in the playoffs. Most of the races left on the schedule are fuel-mileage races and we have a race on the unpredictable track in Daytona. Things are going to heat up over the summer and it should be fun to watch. The Great American Gateway 400 can be seen Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on USA.

Pocono is unlike any track on the schedule. It is 2.5-mile, flat track with three completely different corners. It is almost impossible for a team to get their car to drive perfectly through all three corners. The crew chiefs need to decide what corner to give up speed in to gain speed in another corner. The most similar tracks to Pocono are Indianapolis and Michigan, but the Cup Series has not competed at those tracks yet. I will use the stats from the first two races at Pocono in the Gen-7 car and the Green Flag Speed from the large intermediate tracks this year to handicap this race. We should have a better idea of which drivers have the cars to beat after practice and qualifying Saturday.

Here are the Driver Rankings for the Great American Gateway 400

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

 

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