Week 34 GFT NASCAR AI Driver Rankings: Allmendinger wins Roval, Playoff Round of 8 next at LVMS

Bob Francis - Go Full Throttle
2 min readOct 10, 2023

8 October 2023
By Bob Francis, Managing Editor
Go Full Throttle Racing News

CONCORD, NC — AJ Allmendinger becomes the first non-playoff driver to win in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with a dramatic and emotional win Sunday in the Bank of America 400 on the Charlotte Road Course. It was Dinger’s first Cup win of the 2023 season, his first at the Charlotte ROVAL and the third of his Cup Series career — all on road courses.

AJ Allmendinger, driver of the №16 Celsius Chevrolet, and crew celebrate after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Image Credit: James Gilbert, Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #8 Lenovo Chevrolet, and Ty Gibbs, driver of the #54 Interstate Batteries All Battery Center Toyota, lead the field during the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 08, 2023 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #8 Lenovo Chevrolet, and AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #16 Celsius Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 08, 2023 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Elimination: Despite his 3rd place at the Roval, Kyle Busch was eliminated from Championship contention as the NASCAR Cup Playoff Round of 12 came to a close. Also eliminated were Brad Keselowski, Ross Chastain, and Bubba Wallace.

Moving into the Round of 8 are: Byron, Truex, Hamlin, Larson, Buescher, Reddick, Bell, and Blaney. The Round of 8 starts Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 15, then moves to Homestead-Miami October 22nd, and then Martinsville October 29 to determine the Championship 4 that will compete for the Cup title at Phoenix on Nov 5.

Here are the updated Go Full Throttle NASCAR AI Driver Rankings following Charlotte. After the points reset, applying the Playoff Points earned, and applying our Las Vegas 1.5 mile prediction algorithm, William Byron is still the clear favorite to win the championship.

Updated Go Full Throttle NASCAR AI Driver Rankings following Charlotte Roval (Image Credit: GFT Digital)

Updated GFT Manufacturer Box Scores:

Updated Go Full Throttle NASCAR Manufacturer Box Scores following Charlotte Roval (Image Credit: GFT Digital)

Manufacturer WINS:
Chevrolet = 18
Toyota = 10
Ford = 9

TEAM WINS:

See you in Las Vegas!

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