Early Rankings: All Star Race, 2017

Martin Truex Jr photo

Martin Truex Jr. tops my early All Star Race driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Cup All Star and Open races at Charlotte. I compiled them by crunching:

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Daytona and Talladega);
  • the loop data for the past four races (excluding Talladega);
  • 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.

Note: This early list doesn’t include whoever gets into the All Star race via the fan vote, winning segments in the Open or winning the Open.

The rankings for the All Star race:

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Kyle Larson
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Kyle Busch
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Matt Kenseth
  10. Kurt Busch
  11. Jamie McMurray
  12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  13. Ryan Newman
  14. Kasey Kahne
  15. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  16. Chris Buescher

The Open rankings:

chase elliott photo

Chase Elliott tops my early Open driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Ryan Blaney
  3. Austin Dillon
  4. Clint Bowyer
  5. Erik Jones
  6. Daniel Suarez
  7. Trevor Bayne
  8. AJ Allmendinger
  9. Ty Dillon
  10. Paul Menard
  11. Aric Almirola
  12. Danica Patrick
  13. David Ragan
  14. Michael McDowell
  15. Landon Cassill
  16. Matt DiBenedetto
  17. Reed Sorenson
  18. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  19. Derrike Cope
  20. Cody Ware
  21. Carl Long

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