Atlanta

  1. Ross Chastain – The only driver to have run all six of races so far between Cup, Trucks and Xfinity, Chastain has averaged a 12.8 finish across all series in the first two weekends. Chastain finished 6th with Niece Motorsports in the Truck series for his second straight top-10 and 14th with JD Motorsports in Xfinity for his second straight top-15. Even with a 31st place finish in the Cup race Premium Motorsports, Chastain easily holds on to the top spot in this week’s rankings.
  2. Ryan Sieg (+3) – With a 4th place and 11th place finishes to kick off the season, Sieg currently sits 10th in points. He averaged a 12.4 running position never falling lower than his qualifying position of 18th during the entire Xfinity race, running nearly 99% of his laps inside of the top-15. 
  3. Timothy Peters (+9) – Like his Niece Motorsports teammate, Ross Chastain, Peters has notched two top-10’s in Truck series competition to start the 2019 season. A 10th-place finish in Atlanta bounces him up to 7th in points.
  4. Chris Buescher (Not ranked last week) – After getting taken out in the first big crash of the Daytona 500, finishing 37th, Buescher rallied in Atlanta with a 9th-place finish. His 9th career Cup top-10 wasn’t a fluke, after restarting in the top-10 midway through the last stage was able to maintain his track position. Eventually had to make way back into the top-10 late after getting shuffled to 13th-place on late restart.
  5. David Ragan (+11) – Strong run for Ragan after getting taken out at Daytona while running in the top-10. One of the first drivers to find speed running near the wall, he was able to make way into the top-25 early and slowly work his way up to eventually finish in 16th. Seven positions higher than his finish in Atlanta last year.
  6. Ryan Preece (-1) – Preece was looking to collect his second straight top-10 when he ran into the back of B.J. McLeod on pit road, resulting in a 35th-place finish. Having restarted inside the top-10 with less than 100 laps left in race, he was able to hang there along with teammate Buescher, running as high as 7th.
  7. Ty Dillon (-1) After capturing his 2nd career top-10 at Daytona, Dillon finished in 25th-place in Atlanta. Hovering just outside of top-25 for much of race, Dillon found himself as one of only two drivers two laps down with little chance to make up any spots late. Was also the highest finishing driver who didn’t complete a quality pass over course of the race.
  8. Matt DiBenedetto (-5)  – DiBenedetto had contact on pit road which cause a tire rub and an unscheduled pit stop. After running within the top-25 for much of race, he ended up in 26th. With the exception of JTG Daugherty, Leavine Family Racing certainly looking like the best of the rest of the smaller teams.
  9. Brandon Brown  (Not ranked last week) – A strong Atlanta race in Xfinity for Brown catapults him up from the ranks of the unranked. Despite finishing 18th in Daytona last week, he was not ranked due to the large number of successful runs by other teams at Daytona. Brown was extremely consistent over course of entire race this past week, starting 11th, never running lower than 18th and finishing in 13th-place.
  10. Gray Gaulding (Not ranked last week) – Impressive speed from Gaulding in the second SS Greenlight entry. After starting 35th, quickly moved up toward top-20, running in an average position of 16.7 before eventually finishing in 16th.
  11. Michael McDowell (-9) McD was looking at a likely top-25 until a broken tie rod sent him behind the wall, relegating him to a 37th place finish.
  12. Garrett Smithley (Not ranked last week) – Strong 17th-place Xfinity run for Smithley who ran inside the top-20 for virtually entire race after qualifying 22nd. Electrical issues on the Cup side kept him behind the wall for many laps.
  13. Tyler Dippel (Not ranked last week) – Just missed out on his first career NGOTS top-10, nabbing 11th-place, his best finish in seven starts. Also his 5th top-15 in 7 career starts
  14. Jeremy Clements (Not ranked last week) – Clements went behind the wall early at Daytona but made the most of a top-20 starting position in Atlanta, running between 17th and 20th for virtually the entire race, eventually finishing in 18th.
  15. Brennan Poole (Not ranked last week) – After running the bulk of race inside of the top-20, able make way into the top-15 after late crash, his best NGOTS finish since his debut in 2015.
  16. Gus Dean (Not ranked last week) – Gus Dean finishes 15th for second straight week, this time he was running at the finish
  17. Corey Roper (Not ranked last week) – After crashing at Daytona while racing in the top-5, Roper bounces back with a solid 16th-place finish.
  18.  Alex Labbe (Not ranked last week) – Labbe is back(e), picks up where he left off in 2018 with another Xfinity top-20, averaged a 19.9 running position in Atlanta 
  19. Parker Kligerman (-4) – A Cup 30th-place finish and a late crash in the Truck series cost him when a potential top-25 and top-10 were up for grabs.
  20. Corey Lajoie (-2) – Ran inside of top-30 for most of Cup race despite late contact with the #34 when McDowell had his issue with tie rod, finishes 29th.

Ranks for the memories! These drivers fell out of the top-20 this week: Josh Reaume (7th last week), Spencer Boyd (8th last week), Jeff Green (9th last week), Clay Greenfield (12th last week), Austin Wayne Self (13th last week), B.J. McLeod (14th last week),  Angela Ruch (15th last week), Timmy Hill (17th last week), Joey Gase (19th last week), Bobby Gerhart (20th last week), 

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