Week 25 GFT NASCAR AI Driver Rankings: Elliott P1, Harvick win at Michigan knocks Truex Jr down to P17

7 August 2022
By Bob Francis, Managing Editor
Go Full Throttle Racing News

BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN — Sunday the NASCAR Cup Series Race was at the Michigan International Speedway for the 54th Annual FireKeepers Casino 400 and after 65 winless races “The Closer” Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing drove his Ford Mustang to Victory Lane. Harvick’s win was the eighth straight at MIS for Ford, and will likely qualify him for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff. Harvick is the only driver to have earned a postseason spot every year since the current elimination format was introduced in 2014, ironically the same year he that he won the series title.

Credit: BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN — AUGUST 07: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light Apple #BuschelOfBusch Ford, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 07, 2022 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

NASCAR Cup Playoff Standings and GFT Ranking Models Shift
With an 11th place finish, Chase Elliott still remains at the top of both the NASCAR Cup Driver Standings and our GFT AI Driver Rankings. However, Martin Truex Jr., who finished 6th on Sunday, fell 9 spots to P17 as a result of Harvicks win and how the points (and weighting) impact the rankings and who is going to qualify for the post-season.

Week 25 of the NASCAR GFT Top 25 AI Driver Rankings following the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 07, 2022 (Image: GFT Digital / gofullthrottle.net)

With the win, Kevin Harvick moves up 6 spots to P9, Hamlin moves up 4 spots to P9, and Ryan Blaney remains the only driver in the top 16 without a win with 3 races to go in the regular season.
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

The GFT NASCAR CUP Box Scores

Week 25 GFT NASCAR CUP Box Scores (Image: GFT Digital / gofullthrottle.net)

Manufacturers Box Score:
Chevrolet = 14 wins
Ford = 9 wins
Toyota = 5 wins

Playoff Drama!
Is Truex Jr. now completely out? Will there by a 16th race winner knocking Blaney out? Can JGR use their winning formula for Richmond to get Truex back into the Playoffs? And the debate rages on points vs wins!

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