Updated Driver Rankings for Phoenix


The Cup Series trimmed practice from 35 minutes last week to 20 minutes this week. Most of the teams still had time to make some long runs in practice to dial in their cars. The field was set through qualifying, so that also gives us an idea of which cars are fast. Now it is time to compete in the Ruoff Mortgage 500K at Phoenix Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET Sunday on FOX).

It is sure nice to have practice and qualifying back. It makes predicting these races a lot easier. The practice speeds have typically translated into race speed this year. The toughest part of predicting the races this year have been the cautions for drivers spinning out on their own. The Cup Series set a record for cautions at Auto Club and they had the second-most cautions ever at Las Vegas. The trend at Phoenix is to have nine cautions in the race. The driver rankings are based on every driver keeping his car clean. That will not happen Sunday. The drivers at the top of the list are the safest drivers for your Fantasy NASCAR lineups, but there will be a lot of wrecks and that should bring some of the drivers ranked outside the top-15 into play Sunday (mostly for DFS contests).

Here are the updated Driver Rankings for the Ruoff Mortgage 500K….


1. Kyle Larson
2. Denny Hamlin
3. Ryan Blaney
4. William Byron
5. Kevin Harvick
6. Kyle Busch
7. Chase Elliott
8. Joey Logano
9. Martin Truex Jr.
10. Aric Almirola
11. Christopher Bell
12. Tyler Reddick
13. Ross Chastain
14. Austin Cindric
15. Kurt Busch
16. Chase Briscoe
17. Alex Bowman
18. Austin Dillon
19. Brad Keselowski
20. Bubba Wallace
21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
22. Erik Jones
23. Harrison Burton
24. Daniel Suarez
25. A.J. Allmendinger
26. Ty Dillon
27. Michael McDowell
28. Justin Haley
29. Cole Custer
30. Chris Buescher
31. Corey LaJoie
32. Todd Gilliland
33. Landon Cassill
34. Cody Ware
35. B.J. McLeod
36. Garrett Smithley


Good Luck This Week!


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