We have just two races left to determine the Final Four drivers in the Homestead championship race, and we’ll get one step closer at the conclusion of the AAA Texas 500 this weekend. Kevin Harvick has used this race to punch his ticket to Homestead the last two years, as he’s the defending winner of the last two fall races, but we have yet to see the #4 Ford in victory lane on a 1.5-mile track this season. Will this be the week? Harvick is on the pole and will lead the field to the green on Sunday.

There are quite a few statistics that go into the Power Index formula, including recent performance both overall and at Texas specifically, similar track performance, projected strength of the car, practice speeds, starting position, and a few other variables.

Here’s a quick overview of the Power Index number: essentially, zero (0) is considered average; the more negative a number is in the Power Index, the stronger that driver is considered in the Fantasy NASCAR world. The opposite holds true as well: the more above zero a driver is, the worse he is considered for Fantasy NASCAR that week.

AAA Texas 500 Fantasy NASCAR Power Rankings

1.Harvick, Kevin-45.8
2.Truex, Jr., Martin-35.6
3.Hamlin, Denny-30.4
4.Busch, Kyle-22.7
5.Elliott, Chase-22.4
6.Jones, Erik-19.6
7.Keselowski, Brad-18.4
8.Larson, Kyle-18.1
9.Busch, Kurt-18.1
10.Logano, Joey-17.2
11.Byron, William-15.8
12.Stenhouse, Jr., Ricky-14.7
13.Bowman, Alex-10.8
14.Blaney, Ryan-10.2
15.Almirola, Aric-8.8
16.Bowyer, Clint-8.5
17.Johnson, Jimmie-6.6
18.Buescher, Chris3.6
19.Dillon, Austin3.9
20.Suarez, Daniel4.7
21.DiBenedetto, Matt8.2
22.Menard, Paul9.2
23.Newman, Ryan13.3
24.McDowell, Michael14.7
25.Wallace, Bubba15.5
26.Dillon, Ty15.7
27.Preece, Ryan16.7
28.Hemric, Daniel22.5
29.Ragan, David27.8
30.Nemechek, John Hunter34.6
31.LaJoie, Corey37.3
32.Kligerman, Parker53.9
33.Chastain, Ross57.4
34.Cassill, Landon60.1
35.Yeley, JJ68.3
36.Smithley, Garrett69.6
37.Bilicki, Josh74.2
38.Houff, Quin77.6
39.Nemechek, Joe84.1
40.Hill, Timmy90.8
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