Texas

  1. Ryan Sieg (No change) – I’d really like to find an excuse to change the top order of the rankings so it looks like I’m not phoning this in but Sieg continues his strong start to season. After a 10th place finish in Texas, his 4th top-10 this year, Sieg has an average finish of 8.7 and a 25 point cushion over the playoff cut off line.
  2. Ross Chastain (No change) – A 16th place finish in the Xfinity race, another top-10 in NGOTS and another top-30 in Cup, Chastain continues to deliver across all three series. Sits 10 points outside of the last Xfinity series playoff position and had he declared for NGOTS points, would be considered a championship contender with an average finish of 6.0
  3. Chris Buescher (No change) – Buescher picked up his 5th top-20 of season in 7 starts. Excluding his DNF at Daytona has averaged a 16.7 finish. Of the small team drivers, only Matt DiBenedetto has run more laps in the top-15 than Buescher.
  4. Brandon Brown (+1) – Brown’s 17th place finish at Texas was his 6th straight top-20 of season, his worst finish to date being 18th at Daytona. Remarkable consistency has him sitting 14th in points.
  5. Matt DiBenedetto (-1) – After two straight top-20’s, DiBenedetto finishes 26th at Texas after losing his power steering. His 723 green flag passes and 248 quality passes are the most of any small team driver.
  6. Ty Dillon (+4) – Dillon just misses the top-20 at Texas with a 21st place finish. His average finish of 19.4 has him 23rd in points just 4 points behind Chris Buescher.
  7. Ryan Preece (+2) – With his 22nd place finish at Texas Preece collected his 3rd straight top-25 finish. He heads to Bristol where he took the victory last year in the Xfinity series driving for Joe Gibbs.
  8. Gray Gaulding (-1) – Gaulding couldn’t quite get the car to free up the way he needed, just misses out on his fifth straight top-20 with a 21st place finish at Texas. Good enough to stay in the top-15 in Xfinity points.
  9. Jeremy Clements (-3) – Clements spun early in race, made it back into the top-20 before stalling on pit road late and finishing in 26th. Frustrating day where it looked he was in line to collect his 5th straight top-20.
  10. Ray Black Jr (-2) – A flat left rear tire sent Black Jr around in turn 1 and hard into the wall ending his day while running in the top-20.
  11. Bubba Wallace (+4) – Wallace looked to be fighting for a top-15 in the truck race until contact damaged his fender. He ended up finishing in 20th, 6 laps down after repairs. Had his best showing on a 1.5 mile track on Sunday finishing 23rd.
  12. Garrett Smithley (-1) – Smithley’s day ended early with motor issues, relegating him to 31st after running in the top-25 for most of race.
  13. Michael McDowell (+3) – After pounding the wall in Martinsville, McDowell rebounds at Texas with his first top-15 since Daytona.
  14. Josh Williams (-1) – Williams’ 14th place finish at Texas is his career-best finish. Coming in his 35th start, it is his first Xfinity top-15.
  15. David Ragan (-3) – Ragan’s last four finishes, 25th, 25th, 26th and 25th this last week at Texas.
  16. Chad Finchum (-2) – Finchum grabs his third top-25 in 5 starts with a 23rd place finish
  17. Brennan Poole (Not ranked last week) – Poole had shown plenty of speed over the start of the 2019 season but had yet to cash in until Texas. Picks up his first NGOTS top-10, finishing 9th.
  18. Tommy Joe Martins  (Not ranked last week) Martins picks up his second straight top-20 on a day where he needed several extra pit stops to work on the car.
  19. Landon Cassill (-2) Three straight top-30 finishes for Cassill, raising his average finish for season to 30.0
  20. Spencer Boyd (Not ranked last week) – Boyd finished in 11th at Texas for his best finish since Daytona, rebounding from a three race span where his best finish was 25th.

Ranks for the memories! This driver fell out of the top-20 this week: Timothy Peters (ranked 17th last week), Corey LaJoie (ranked 18th last week), Timmy Hill (ranked 20th last week)

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