Week 24 GFT NASCAR AI Driver Rankings: Elliott holds P1 after 16th place finish at the Brickyard

31 July 2022
By Bob Francis, Managing Editor
Go Full Throttle Racing News

SPEEDWAY, Ind. — The NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indy Road Course ends in wild overtime drama with Tyler Reddick emerging from a 7 wide battle into Turn 1 to win Sunday‘s Verizon 200 at the Brickyard. Another win for the № 8 RCR Chevrolet, with Austin Cindric (№ 2 Team Penske Ford) 2nd and Harrison Burton in the Wood Brothers № 21 Ford in 3rd.

The Big Movers
Chase Elliott’s lead in both our GFT NASCAR AI Driver Rankings and the NASCAR Cup Series Driver Points is so big, his 16th place finish didn’t impact his P1 position, nor that of P2 Ross Chastain who finished 27th, P3 Kyle Larson who finished 35th, or Ryan Blaney in P4 who finished 26th on Sunday. With the win Reddick moved up 3 spots from P13 to P10. The big loser on the day was Kevin Harvick who fell 5 spots to P17, primarily due to how much weight our AI algorithms place on wins of which Harvick has 0.

Week 24 of the NASCAR GFT Top 25 AI Driver Rankings following the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard on July 31, 2022. (Image: GFT Digital / gofullthrottle.net)

The GFT NASCAR CUP Box Scores

Week 24 GFT NASCAR CUP Box Scores (Image: GFT Digital / gofullthrottle.net)

Manufacturers Box Score:
Chevrolet = 14 wins
Ford = 8 wins
Toyota = 5 wins

4 Weeks Remaining in the Regular Season
Aug 7 FireKeepers Casino 400 MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
Aug 14 Federated Auto Parts 400 RICHMOND RACEWAY
Aug 21 Go Bowling at The Glen WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL
Aug 27 Coke Zero Sugar 400 DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Playoff Spots Getting Tight
Can Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. make the cut into the post season without a win? Or will another new winner move the cut line again?
Blaney = 696
Truex Jr. = 671
Both are currently in on points, while Harvick at 575 is just outside the Top 16 cut line.

This playoff battle is going to be great!

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