Bristol

  1. Ryan Sieg (No change) – Through 8 races Sieg has run 92% of all laps inside of the top-15, even with his 12th place finish at Bristol he is still averaging a 9.1 finish. In the process he has built a 46 point lead over the playoff cut off line.
  2. Matt DiBenedetto (+4) – Like several other races this year, DiBenedetto didn’t get the finish indicative of how well he ran. Despite running as high at 6th place late, he ends up finishing 12th. Still strong enough to bounce him up to 2nd in the rankings. He also completed the most green flag passes of race with 125.
  3. Ty Dillon (+3) – Dillon collected an emotional stage win at Bristol and followed it up with a 15th place finish, his fourth top-15 of year. With an average finish of 18.9 so far this year compared to a 24.1 average finish last year, it seems Germain Racing is trending the right direction.
  4. Ross Chastain (-2) – Chastain was the victim of bad circumstances in the Xfinity race, getting taken out by Jeff Green who spun in his own fluid. The finish cost him more ground in the points where he is now more than a full race behind the playoff cut off line.
  5. Chris Buescher (-2) – Consistently in the top-10 for much of race, a late unscheduled pit stop cost Buescher the finish he deserved. His 22nd place finish is his worst of 2019 since Daytona.
  6. Jeremy Clements (+3) – At one point, Clements was the fastest car on the track, willing it to stay in front of the leader for quite a few laps. Despite spinning late, he still managed a 13th place finish his 4th top-15 of year.
  7. Gray Gaulding (+1) – Gaulding collected his 2nd top-15 of season at Bristol, finishing 15th which keeps him at 15th in the Xfinity points. He has finished no worse than 21st since his 34th place finish at Daytona.
  8. Ray Black Jr (+2) – After a DNF at Texas, Black rebounds with a 16th place finish, which bumps him back up to 17th in the Xfinity points standings.
  9. Brandon Brown (-5) – For the first time this year, Brown fails to finish inside of the top-20. His 23rd place finish didn’t cost him any positions in the points, he actually made up ground on Chastain in 13th.
  10. Bubba Wallace (+1) – A hard fought 20th place finish for Wallace who has acknowledged that the team has to start running better. Has averaged a 20.0 finish over last three races compared to 28.9 finish over the first five races.
  11. Josh Williams (+3) – After a solid start to 2019, including a 19th place finish last week at Bristol, sponsor issues finds Williams moved third DGM entry which will not race at Richmond.
  12. David Ragan (+3) – Despite bouncing off the wall while running up toward the top-15, Front Row Motorsports was able to keep Ragan from losing too much track position, finishing 21st.
  13. Ryan Preece (-6) – After going to a backup car at Bristol, Preece manages a 25th place finish after spinning early. 
  14. Garrett Smithley (-2) – After a DNF at Texas for a motor issue, Smithley finishes in 22nd place at Bristol, matching his 2019 average finish.
  15. Michael McDowell (-2) – Handling issues gave McDowell a 28th place finish, still a slight improvement from his two DNFs from crashes at both 2018 Bristol races.
  16. Chad Finchum (No change) – Second top-20 of season for Finchum who is averaging a 23.5 finish this year compared to 34.5 last year.
  17. Landon Cassill (+2) – Cassill showed some speed at Bristol racing his way into the top-25 before eventually finishing in 26th. His fourth straight top-30.
  18. Brennan Poole (-1) – Hanging tough in the rankings on the strength of his top-10 finish at Texas.
  19. Spencer Boyd (+1) Averaging a 19.2 finish this year.
  20. Timmy Hill (Not ranked last week) – Season-best finish for Hill, finishes 17th for first top-20 of 2019.

Ranks for the memories! This driver fell out of the top-20 this week: Tommy Joe Martins (ranked 20th last week)

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