Early Rankings: Dover II, 2017

Martin Truex Jr photo

Martin Truex Jr. tops my early Dover II driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

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

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

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

The results:

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

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