Top 10 Xfinity Series driver ratings for 2015


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.

Last year, the only Sprint Cup drivers in the top 10 were Kyle Busch, who had the top rating, and Kyle Larson.

This year, there are none.

Here’s the top 10 driver ratings for the Xfinity Series.

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. Ty Dillon (97.3) – Despite going winless, Dillon moved up one spot from his final 2014 standing.
  5. Brian Scott (96.4) – Scott swapped spots with Dillon from last year. Scott earned a 101.0 rating in 2014.
  6. 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.
  7. Darrell Wallace Jr. (90.3) – The Roush Fenway Racing driver cracked the top 10 in his rookie season.
  8. 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.
  9. Brendan Gaughan (87.2) – Improved one spot from his 2014 total (81.9).
  10. Ryan Reed (75.5) – The only driver among the bottom seven of the top 10 who won a race in 2015 (Daytona I).