Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Daytona 500

by KFFL Staff on February 18, 2011 @ 17:25:52 PDT

 


With the Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying racing in the books, the field is now set for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500. Michael Waltrip, J.J. Yeley, Dave Blaney and Brian Keselowski earned the coveted transfer spots during Thursday's Duels and claimed the final four spots in the starting lineup. Meanwhile, victories by Kurt Busch and Richard Childress Racing's Jeff Burton made the list of potential favorites for Sunday's season opener a bit clearer.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Thanks to a combination of his victory in the first Duel and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s wreck in practice, Busch will lead the field to the green Sunday. He was winless at plate tracks entering the 2011 season, but Busch has picked up wins in the Budweiser Shootout and his Duel race in less than a week. Whether or not he continues his hot streak and wins his first points-paying plate race remains to be seen, but Busch needs to be on fantasy rosters either way.

Burton's victory in the second qualifying race was another testament to the strength of the RCR restrictor plate program. Burton's teammate Clint Bowyer finished second in the race, while Kevin Harvick led the most laps and finished third in the earlier Duel. All three will start in the top-seven Sunday. RCR drivers won three of the four plate races last season, and the organization appears ready to pick up where it left off.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
7
2
Clint Bowyer
33
Chevrolet Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
6
3
Kurt Busch
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
3
4
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Crown Royal Roush Fenway Racing
9
5
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
10
6
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
25
7
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
4
8
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Aflac Roush Fenway Racing
22
9
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
1
10
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
14
11
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Target Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
13
12
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
23
13
David Ragan
6
Ford UPS Roush Fenway Racing
34
14
Kasey Kahne
4
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
11
15
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
2
16
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
19
17
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
18
18
Mark Martin
5
Chevrolet GoDaddy.com Hendrick Motorsports
17
19
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
26
20
Brian Vickers
83
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
27
21
David Reutimann
00
Toyota Aaron's Michael Waltrip Racing
24
22
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
38
23
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
21
24
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
16
25
Michael Waltrip
15
Toyota NAPA Michael Waltrip Racing
8
26
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Michael Waltrip Racing
20
27
A.J. Allmendinger
43
Ford Best Buy Richard Petty Motorsports
15
28
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
5
29
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
35
30
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Bush's Baked Beans JTG Daugherty Racing
31
31
Trevor Bayne
21
Ford Motorcraft Wood Brothers Racing
32
32
Bill Elliott
09
Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Phoenix Racing
29
33
David Gilliland
38
Ford Taco Bell Front Row Motorsports
39
34
Travis Kvapil
37
Ford Long John Silver's Front Row Motorsports
40
35
Robby Gordon
7
Chevrolet Speed Energy Drink Robby Gordon Motorsports
30
36
Steve Wallace
77
Toyota 5-Hour Energy Rusty Wallace Racing
36
37
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
42
38
Andy Lally
71
Chevrolet Adobe Road Winery TRG Motorsports
37
39
Robert Richardson Jr.
34
Ford Mahindra USA Tractors Front Row Motorsports
28
40
Brian Keselowski
92
Dodge K-Automotive K-Automotive Motorsports
12
41
Terry Labonte
32
Ford U.S. Chrome FAS Lane Racing
43
42
J.J. Yeley
46
Chevrolet Red Line Oil Whitney Motorsports
33
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota AM FM Energy NEMCO Motorsports
41
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