California

  1. Ryan Sieg (No change) – With an average finish of 8.4 this year and an impressive 94.2% of all his laps run inside of the top-15, Sieg has opened up the gap over the playoff cut off line to 18 points. An 11th place finish at California means he retains his position at the top of the rankings for another week.
  2. Ross Chastain (No change) – A tire issue early in the Xfinity race for Chastain meant he was playing from behind the remainder of race, managing an 18th place finish, three laps down. Will get another shot at his first Truck series victory this weekend with Niece Motorsports.
  3. Chris Buescher (+2) – A quiet, strong start to season for Buescher, with an average finish of 19.2, he’s only 16 points behind the playoff cut off line. If not for the DNF at Daytona, he’d be above the cut off line. His last four finishes are 9th, 18th, 16th and 16th.
  4. Brandon Brown (-1) – Brown keeps a spot in the top-5 of rankings with another solid finish at California, his second straight 15th place finish. No finish worse than 19th this year has him sitting 14th in points just behind Chastain.
  5. Matt DiBenedetto (+1) – Finally notched the first top-20 of season with new team. After several near misses, DiBenedetto finishes 18th. He has the most green flag passes of any of the small team drivers with 586.
  6. Jeremy Clements (+2) – Third straight top-15 for Clements, who is up to 16th in Xfinity points after a DNF at Daytona.
  7. Gray Gaulding (No change) – Gaulding knocks down his third 16th place finish in 5 races and sits 15th in Xfinity points. After working with Gaulding back in 2017 at BK Racing, crew chief Patrick Donahue has his young driver heading the right direction with SS Greenlight.
  8. Ray Black Jr (+1) – After a sluggish start, Black Jr is keeping pace with his SS Greenlight teammate, averaging a 19.8 finish to Gaulding’s 18.8 despite a 30th and 23rd place finish to open the season. A 17th place finish at California bumped him up to 17th in the Xfinity points.
  9. Garrett Smithley (+1) – For the first time in his career, Smithley is averaging a 20th place finish over the first 5 races of a season. His decision to stay put for a fourth year with JD Motorsports looks to be paying off with no finish worse than 24th this year.
  10. David Ragan (+2) – Back-to-back 25th place finishes in Cup for Ragan has him up to 26th in points, one position behind where he ended up in for 2018. At this point last year he was 3 races into 7 straight top-25 finishes.
  11. Timothy Peters (-7) – Not on the Trucks entry list for Martinsville, so he sadly slides down the rankings.
  12. Ryan Preece (-1) – After a crash at Phoenix, Preece collects his third top-25 of season with a 23rd place finish at California. After an up and down West Coast swing, has to be looking forward to a short track.
  13. Ty Dillon (+3) – Dillon finished 27th at California, dropping his average finish to 20.4 for season.
  14. Michael McDowell (+5) – Rebounds from a crash at Phoenix for 24th place at California, finished 21st and 25th at Martinsville last year. 
  15. Josh Williams (-2) An engine failure while running in the top-20 handed Williams his second straight DNF after opening season with three straight finishes 22nd or better.
  16. Chad Finchum (-2)  Was having his best run of season, racing way up into the top-20 before a broken axle retired him from race.
  17. Austin Wayne Self (Not ranked last week) – How did a driver who didn’t run a race last weekend move into the rankings? Of the smaller team drivers in the Truck series, only Chastain has a better driver rating and a lot of Xfinity teams struggled at California.
  18. Brennan Poole (-3) – Average finish to date not indicative of how well he has run. Will be his first trip to Martinsville in a truck.
  19. Corey LaJoie (-1) A rough race at California with contact on a couple of different occasions, finished 31st.
  20.  Tommy Joe Martins (Not ranked last week) – After a difficult first two races, breaks through for his first top-20 of season.

Ranks for the memories! This driver fell out of the top-20 this week: Tyler Dippel (ranked 17th last week), David Starr (ranked 20th last week)

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