2024 NASCAR Power Rankings: Denny Hamlin tops preseason list

Here are the preseason power rankings for the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series, with Denny Hamlin taking the top spot.


Preseason Power Rankings

The 2024 NASCAR Cup Series is set to begin with the exhibition Clash this Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. As we head into the new season, here are the preseason power rankings, taking into account the drivers' potential on short tracks.

One factor influencing these rankings is the recent release of the Netflix series, "NASCAR: Full Speed," which follows the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The series offers insight into how drivers can increase their fanbase and provides a behind-the-scenes look at their lives both on and off the track.

Denny Hamlin Takes the Top Spot

Denny Hamlin claims the number one spot in our preseason power rankings. Despite offseason shoulder surgery and not being fully recovered for the exhibition Clash, Hamlin is mentally prepared for the upcoming season. The Netflix series features Hamlin prominently, showcasing his life as both a driver and an owner. This allows fans to get to know him better and offers insights into his personal and professional journey.

The series also reveals some interesting aspects of Hamlin's personality, including his favorite word, which starts with the letter F. For those who may not follow the sport closely, this series will provide a deeper understanding of what motivates and drives Hamlin as a successful NASCAR athlete.

Other Notable Rankings

Kyle Larson, who is known for his versatility, holds the second position in the power rankings. Larson's experience in both the Indy 500 and Coke 600 makes him a formidable competitor this season.

Ryan Blaney, the defending champion, enters the new season with a strong crew and the same determination that led to his victory last year. His friendly persona shines through in interviews, making him a fan favorite.

Christopher Bell, William Byron, Ross Chastain, Tyler Reddick, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr. also feature in the top 10 rankings. Each driver brings their unique skills and storylines to the upcoming season, which will undoubtedly make for an exciting competition.