In the Xfinity Series it can sometimes be hard to measure a Xfinity regular’s ability when Sprint Cup regulars win a majority of the races.
Luckily, the driver rating stat is here to help make the picture look a bit clearer for the 2015 season.
NASCAR tabulates the driver rating based on totals in wins, finishes, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, led most laps and lead-lap finish. There is a maximum 150 points per race. They must have raced in 75 percent of scheduled point-paying races.
This year, there are none.
Here’s the top 10 driver ratings for the Xfinity Series.
- Regan Smith (100.7) – Smith finished the season fourth in the points, but he was one of two drivers to exceed 100 in their rating. Smith finished the 2014 season seventh this category.
- Chase Elliott (100.4) – The 2014 Xfinity champion gave JR Motorsports a sweep of the top two spots in driver rating. Elliott had been the top Xfinity regular in 2014 (second, 108.6).
- Chris Buescher (98.4) – The 2015 Xfinity champion moved up six spots from his 2014 total (88.4) with help from his two wins (Iowa, Dover).
- Ty Dillon (97.3) – Despite going winless, Dillon moved up one spot from his final 2014 standing.
- Brian Scott (96.4) – Scott swapped spots with Dillon from last year. Scott earned a 101.0 rating in 2014.
- Daniel Suarez (94.5) – The Joe Gibbs Racing rookie was the team’s only full-time driver. In 2014, JGR had Kyle Busch leading the way with 130.1 rating.
- Darrell Wallace Jr. (90.3) – The Roush Fenway Racing driver cracked the top 10 in his rookie season.
- Elliott Sadler (88.6) – Sadler finished sixth in the points standings, a career low. He earned a rating of 98.3 in 2014, which was the sixth best.
- Brendan Gaughan (87.2) – Improved one spot from his 2014 total (81.9).
- Ryan Reed (75.5) – The only driver among the bottom seven of the top 10 who won a race in 2015 (Daytona I).