Early Rankings: Kentucky, 2017

Kyle Busch photo

Kyle Busch tops my early Kentucky driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

Here are my mid-week driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Cup race at Kentucky. I compiled them by crunching:

  • The loop data for the past 15 Cup races (excluding Daytona II, Talladega and Sonoma;
  • the loop data for the past four races at Kentucky;
  • the loop data for the past seven races at other tracks in the Large Ovals track group (i.e., FontanaKansasTexasCharlotte, Atlanta and Michigan;
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Kentucky; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past seven races at the aforementioned Large Ovals.

The results:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Kyle Larson
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Matt Kenseth
  7. Joey Logano
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Denny Hamlin
  10. Chase Elliott
  11. Jamie McMurray
  12. Erik Jones
  13. Ryan Blaney
  14. Kurt Busch
  15. Ryan Newman
  16. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  17. Clint Bowyer
  18. Daniel Suarez
  19. Austin Dillon
  20. Kasey Kahne
  21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  22. Trevor Bayne
  23. Paul Menard
  24. AJ Allmendinger
  25. Ty Dillon
  26. Danica Patrick
  27. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  28. Chris Buescher
  29. Michael McDowell
  30. David Ragan
  31. Landon Cassill
  32. Corey LaJoie
  33. Matt DiBenedetto
  34. Cole Whitt
  35. Carl Long
  36. #15 Car
  37. Ryan Sieg
  38. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  39. Derrike Cope
  40. #51 Car

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