Early Rankings: Texas I, 2017

Martin Truex Jr photo

Martin Truex Jr. tops my early Texas I driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

Here are my early driver rankings for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Texas. I compiled them by crunching:

  • The loop data for the past 15 Cup races (excluding Daytona and Talladega);
  • the loop data for the past four races;
  • the loop data for the past four races at Texas;
  • the loop data for the past eight races at the other tracks in the Large Ovals track group (i.e., Fontana, Charlotte, Atlanta, Kansas, Chicago, Michigan and Kentucky);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Texas; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past eight races at the aforementioned Large Ovals.

The results:

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

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