NASCAR Power Rankings: Can anybody unseat Kyle Larson?

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NASCAR’s variation of its marathon comes Sunday night when the Cup Series chauffeurs race for 600 miles (more if there’s overtime) at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Sunday, 6 p.m. ET on FOX).

With advanced chauffeur cooling systems, chauffeurs usually puton’t fall out of the seat throughout the race, which can last about 4.5 hours.

But how would these motorists do in an real 26.2-mile running marathon? Is that in their wheelhouse?

I’ll offer my ideas in my power rankings this week. The rankings are based on efficiency this season, with more weight provided to current races, consistingof the NASCAR All-Star Race this past weekend.

1. Kyle Larson (Last Week: 1)

What can’t Larson do? He will begin 5th in the Indy 500 this coming Sunday, which oh by the method will be his IndyCar launching. Larson is reasonably fit, particularly racing fit. Could he do a marathon? Maybe. Wouldn’t bet versus him.

2. Denny Hamlin (LW: 2)

Hamlin has had a broken back, knee surgicaltreatment and shoulder surgicaltreatment over the last 15 years. He isn’t running a marathon anytime quickly. If informed he might have a champion as long as he runs a marathon, he’d be the motorist without a champion simply because his body mostlikely couldn’t take it.

3. Chris Buescher (LW: 6)

Buescher owns a farm. He might work out in the sun for 4 hours, either on the tractor or doing more physical labor. He mostlikely wouldn’t run a marathon unless he’s chasing animals.

4. William Byron (LW: 3)

Byron is one of those chauffeurs that mostlikely might run a marathon if he qualified for it. He is a difficult employee and appears to be in strong shape. He’d choose golf however if informed it would assistance him win a champion, he’d do it.

5. Chase Elliott (LW: 8)

Elliott is just worried with things that would make the carsandtruck go quick. He wouldn’t thinkabout a marathon as required for a automobile to go quick. He’d rather go snowboarding for 4 hours and threat another broken leg than do that.

6. Martin Truex Jr. (LW: 4)

Truex is like Elliott. He’d think training for a marathon is a lost effort. He’ll leave it to others. He’ll watch a marathon that goes by the lake where he takes his boat out to go fishing.

Punches tossed inbetween Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Busch after All-Star Race

7. Tyler Reddick (LW: 5)

Like Byron, Reddick would be one of those motorists who potentially would delightin the obstacle of a marathon. He’d do it simply to achieve it.

8. Brad Keselowski (LW: 7)

Keselowski has 3 kids, so his greatest issue when it comes to physicalfitness is preventing a daddy body rather than running 26 miles. While chasing his kids is in his future, a marathon most mostlikely is not.

9. Ty Gibbs (LW: 10)

Of anybody on this list, Gibbs is most mostlikely the one who might do a marathon at the minute or train for one. He’s young. He’s fit. If some of his pit team members desired to do it, he’d do it with them as part of the sociability.

10. Ryan Blaney (LW: NR)

Blaney would requirement a group to train with to mostlikely do a marathon. He’d do it as a group bonding thing, however he doesn’t appear to be one who would do it simply to do it. He’d have to be encouraged.

On the edge: Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman, Ross Chastain, Joey Logano, Michael McDowell, Bubba Wallace

Bob Pockrass covers NASCAR for FOX Sports. He has invested years covering motorsports, consistingof over 30 Daytona 500s, with stints at ESPN, Sporting News, NASCAR Scene publication and The (Daytona Beach) News-Journal. Follow him on Twitter @bobpockrass.

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