Early Rankings: Charlotte II, 2017

Martin Truex Jr photo

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

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

Here are my mid-week driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Cup race at Charlotte. 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 Charlotte;
  • the loop data for the past eight races at the other tracks in the Large Ovals track group (i.e., FontanaKansasAtlantaTexasChicagoMichigan and Kentucky);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Charlotte; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past eight races at the aforementioned Large Ovals.

The results:

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

3 thoughts on “Early Rankings: Charlotte II, 2017

  1. Bryan Rooker

    These rankings mean nothing to have the #48 sitting 9th at one of his best tracks,with the pressure on and last week strong run is ridiculous to me, not saying hes gonna win but dont bet against the #48 sitting 9th as u say

  2. Gary Boucher

    Why not wait until the race is final to make such a claim, for all you know the 48 could be involved in a crash and end his day.

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