Week 21 GFT NASCAR AI Driver Rankings: Elliott expands lead to 17pts after “Home” win at Atlanta

Bob Francis - Go Full Throttle
2 min readJul 17, 2022

10 July 2022
By Bob Francis, Managing Editor
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HAMPTON, GEORGIA — Chase Elliott, the Georgia native considers Atlanta Motor Speedway his home track making Sunday’s win of the Quaker State 400 Presented by Wal-Mart very special. Driver of the Hendrick Motorsports NAPA № 9 held off the Spire Motorsports № 7 car of Corey LaJoie on the final restart and a hard charging Ross Chastain of Track House Racing.

Credit: HAMPTON, GEORGIA — JULY 10: Corey LaJoie, driver of the #7 Raze Energy Chevrolet, leads the field during the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 10, 2022 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Credit: HAMPTON, GEORGIA — JULY 10: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag ahead of Ross Chastain, driver of the #1 Jockey Chevrolet, under caution to win the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 10, 2022 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Elliott, Chastain, and the new P3 Ryan Blaney
Our GFT #BigMovers of the week include Ryan Blaney who moves up 2 spots to P3 in the Week 21 GFT NASCAR AI Driver Rankings. Joey Logano fell 2 spots from P3 to P5 after a disappointing 25th place finish. Also dropping in this week’s rankings William Byron (who finished a disappointing 30th), Kurt Busch, Chris Buescher, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Week 21 of the NASCAR GFT Top 25 AI Driver Rankings following the Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 10, 2022. (Image: GFT Digital / gofullthrottle.net)

Race Prediction for New Hampshire
The GFT Race Prediction Models Say Truex Jr to win Ambetter 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 17, 2022. The data is thin but using the relevant data from like “short” tracks, the data says Truex Jr is favored to win with Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, and Christopher Bell.

Manufacturer / Team Scorecard
With Elliott’s win at Atlanta, Chevrolet extends its lead in the NASCAR Manufacturer Point Standings with 12, Ford has 8, and Toyota has 4 wins so far in 2022. The Team standings has:
Hendrick Motorsports = 7
Team Penske = 5
Track House = 4
JGR = 3
RFK = 2
SHR = 1
23XI = 1
RCR = 1

Week 21 of the NASCAR GFT Driver, Manufacturer and Team Scorecard (Image: GFT Digital / gofullthrottle.net)

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