Early Rankings: Daytona I, 2016

Dale Earnhardt Jr. photo

Dale Jr. tops my early Daytona 500 driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Update: I’ve now completed my final Daytona rankings.

Here are my early driver rankings for the Daytona 500. I compiled them by crunching the qualifying data from Daytona yesterday, and then melding it with the historical data:

  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Kasey Kahne
  6. Paul Menard
  7. Matt Kenseth
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Joey Logano
  10. Carl Edwards
  11. Kyle Busch
  12. Brad Keselowski
  13. Chase Elliott
  14. Ryan Blaney
  15. Austin Dillon
  16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
  17. Jamie McMurray
  18. Kyle Larson
  19. Ryan Newman
  20. Casey Mears
  21. Greg Biffle
  22. Martin Truex Jr
  23. Clint Bowyer
  24. Aric Almirola
  25. Danica Patrick
  26. Trevor Bayne
  27. Brian Scott
  28. David Ragan
  29. Michael McDowell
  30. Chris Buescher
  31. Brian Vickers
  32. Michael Waltrip
  33. Ty Dillon
  34. AJ Allmendinger
  35. Michael Annett
  36. Bobby Labonte
  37. Regan Smith
  38. Matt DiBenedetto
  39. Cole Whitt
  40. David Gilliland
  41. Landon Cassill
  42. Robert Richardson
  43. Reed Sorenson
  44. Josh Wise

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