Week 19 GFT NASCAR AI Driver Rankings: Elliott Increases Lead with Win at Nashville

30 June 2022
By Bob Francis, Managing Editor
Go Full Throttle Racing News

Nashville Superspeedway — No change at the top of the GFT NASCAR AI Driver Rankings after Chase Elliott wins the ALLY 400 at the Nashville Superspeedway in a rain delayed, drama filled battle in Lebanon, Tenn. With the win, his 2nd of the season, Elliott strengthens his points lead in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series standings. Elliott is now at 586, Ross Chastain is P2 556, and Ryan Blaney P3 at 555.

However, Elliott’s lead in our GFT AI Driver Ranking model is only 7 points over Chastain in P2, and 12 points over Joey Logano who sits P3 in our rankings.

Week 19 of the NASCAR GFT Top 25 AI Driver Rankings following the Ally 400 on June 26, 2022. (Image: GFT Digital / gofullthrottle.net)

Big Movers
Ryan Blaney jumps 2 spots to P4, but the surprise was Kevin Harvick jumps 4 spots to P13. Losing ground was Kyle Busch, William Byron, Chase Briscoe, and a tough 4 position drop for Tyler Reddick.

Credit: LEBANON, TENNESSEE — JUNE 26: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway on June 26, 2022 in Lebanon, Tennessee. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

“I’m so proud of our team,” Elliott said. “We had a setback about halfway, but we were able to get the NAPA Chevy dialed back in and get back in the mix. It was a long day, a fun day… I’m so proud of our team. We’ve had a pretty rough month, month and a half. It’s just nice to get back going in the right direction.

“Getting a win is always huge. To do it in a really cool city like Nashville is even better. I’m looking forward to that guitar (trophy).”

Credit: LEBANON, TENNESSEE — JUNE 26: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway on June 26, 2022 in Lebanon, Tennessee. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

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