Martinsville

  1. Ryan Sieg (No change) – Sieg holds down the top spot despite a week off for the Xfinity series. Finished in 12th place the last time the series went to Texas Motor Speedway
  2. Ross Chastain (No change) – Finished a strong 4th place finish with a now very competitive Niece Motorsports at Martinsville, leading 53 laps along the way. A lost axle then a blown motor resulted in a 34th place finish in the Cup race and kept him from moving to the top position in this week’s rankings.
  3. Chris Buescher (No change) –Buescher ran in the top-25 for most of the race at Martinsville, eventually getting caught a lap down and finishing 21st. Averaging a 19.5 finish in 2019.
  4. Matt DiBenedetto (+1) – DiBenedetto collects his second straight top-20 at Martinsville, finishing in 20th. Will be the class of the small team field if he can consistently finish where he’s been running mid-race. To date he averages a 15.3 running position at mid-race, compared to a 23.4 average finish over the same races.
  5. Brandon Brown (-1) – The strong start to the season for Brown keeps him in the top-5 in the rankings. It is disappointing to see that he will give up his #86 ride at Richmond.
  6. Jeremy Clements (No change) – Finished 14th the last time the series went to Texas Motor Speedway.
  7. Gray Gaulding (No change) – Has one prior start (and park) at Texas, finishing 33rd with Ryan Sieg Racing.
  8. Ray Black Jr (No change) – Was 19th with BJ McLeod Motorsports the last time the series went to Texas.
  9. Ryan Preece (+3) – Most expected Preece to excel on the short track at Martinsville, it took some well-timed cautions but makes the most of being on the lead lap late in race, finishing 16th.
  10. Ty Dillon (+3) – A remarkable run up through the field to 13th, running a total of 109 laps in the top-15. Owns an average start and finish position of 19.2 in 2019.
  11. Garrett Smithley (-2) –Finished 20th the last time JD Motorsports and he visited Texas. Through five races this season Smithley has an average finish of 20th.
  12. David Ragan (-2) – Could not get the handling improved at Martinsville, finishing where he started in 25th place.
  13. Josh Williams (+2) Will look to rebound from two straight DNFs this weekend at Texas.
  14. Chad Finchum (+2) – Showed much promise at California until a broken axle took him out, will look to better his 17th place Texas finish from last fall
  15. Bubba Wallace (Not ranked last week) – After a very sluggish start for 2019, breaks through for first top-20 of season, finishing 17th at Martinsville. Also collected a top-10 with AM Racing in Saturday’s truck race, shooting him up into the rankings for first time this year.
  16. Michael McDowell (-2) – Early contact with wall cost him a top-25 or better, finished 35th at Martinsville
  17. Landon Cassill (Not ranked last week) – Second straight top-30 with StarCom Racing puts Cassill into the rankings for first time this year. His 28th place finish at Martinsville was best finish since Daytona 500.
  18. Timothy Peters (-7) A second straight week with no ride, Peters may very well be enjoying his last appearance in the rankings this season.
  19. Corey LaJoie (No change) – Finishes 33rd in backup car after losing brakes and crashing his much faster primary car in practice.
  20. Timmy Hill (Not ranked last week) – Qualified in on time with his own truck, running the entire race and finishing 21st ahead of some strong truck series regulars.

Ranks for the memories! This driver fell out of the top-20 this week: Austin Wayne Self (ranked 17th last week), Brennan Poole (ranked 18th last week), Tommy Joe Martins (ranked 20th last week)

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