Early Rankings: Daytona II, 2017

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Brad Keselowski tops my early Daytona II driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s Daytona II race. I compiled them by crunching the loop and qualifying data for the past four plate races. Those metrics reflect speed, the ability to pass and the ability (and inclination) to run a lot of laps up front:

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

3 thoughts on “Early Rankings: Daytona II, 2017

  1. Roger S. Helwig

    Are you going to put out final rankings for the Daytona race that starts in 3 hours????

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