Early Rankings: Las Vegas, 2017

Kevin Harvick photo

Kevin Harvick tops my early Las Vegas driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Update: I’ve posted my final Las Vegas driver rankings, which improve upon the below early rankings.

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Cup race at Las Vegas. I compiled them by crunching:

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding DaytonaTalladega and Watkins Glen;
  • the loop data for the past four races (excluding Daytona);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Las Vegas;
  • the loop data for the past six races at the other tracks in the Steeps track group (i.e., Bristol, Darlington, Dover and Homestead);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Las Vegas; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past six races at the aforementioned Steeps.

Update 3/8/17: I tweaked the rankings to match the official entry list.

The results:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Jimmie Johnson
  6. Kyle Busch
  7. Matt Kenseth
  8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  9. Chase Elliott
  10. Denny Hamlin
  11. Kyle Larson
  12. Kasey Kahne
  13. Ryan Newman
  14. Kurt Busch
  15. Austin Dillon
  16. Jamie McMurray
  17. Ryan Blaney
  18. AJ Allmendinger
  19. Paul Menard
  20. Clint Bowyer
  21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  22. Erik Jones
  23. Aric Almirola
  24. Trevor Bayne
  25. Chris Buescher
  26. Ty Dillon
  27. Danica Patrick
  28. Daniel Suarez
  29. Michael McDowell
  30. David Ragan
  31. Matt DiBenedetto
  32. Landon Cassill
  33. Cole Whitt
  34. Timmy Hill
  35. Reed Sorenson
  36. Derrike Cope
  37. Corey LaJoie
  38. Gray Gaulding
  39. Jeffrey Earnhardt

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