Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Subway Fresh Fit 500

by Brian Polking on February 27, 2011 @ 07:08:14 PDT

 


For the second race in a row at Phoenix International Raceway, Carl Edwards will start from the pole. Last fall, he followed up his pole-winning performance with his first career Cup victory at PIR. Making it back-to-back wins won't be a walk in the park. The Joe Gibbs Racing duo of Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin has some unfinished business in the desert to take care of.

Jimmie Johnson

Busch led the most laps at the track last April, and Hamlin did the same in the fall event. However, pit strategy and fuel mileage kept both drivers out of victory lane. Busch was arguably the most impressive car during practice Friday, and Hamlin was stout in his own right. Edwards will have the top spot when the race goes green Sunday, but there is no guarantee he will finish there.

Fantasy owners looking for a last minute sleeper should consider Regan Smith. He doesn't have a great record at PIR, but he ran well in practice and qualified fifth for Sunday's event. In the last 20 races at the track, 19 winners have started inside the top 15. Smith's efforts during qualifying Saturday could lead to a career day Sunday. For those still in need of some convincing, consider the fact that Smith currently leads the series in driver rating after his impressive showing at Daytona.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
4
2
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Aflac Roush Fenway Racing
1
3
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
12
4
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
28
5
Mark Martin
5
Chevrolet GoDaddy.com Hendrick Motorsports
23
6
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
14
7
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
17
8
Kurt Busch
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
2
9
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
10
10
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
18
11
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
20
12
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
6
13
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Target Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
22
14
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
25
15
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Crown Royal Roush Fenway Racing
24
16
Clint Bowyer
33
Chevrolet Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
16
17
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
8
18
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
35
19
Kasey Kahne
4
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
3
20
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Michael Waltrip Racing
7
21
A.J. Allmendinger
43
Ford Best Buy Richard Petty Motorsports
15
22
David Ragan
6
Ford UPS Roush Fenway Racing
11
23
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
30
24
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
9
25
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
5
26
Brian Vickers
83
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
19
27
David Reutimann
00
Toyota Aaron's Michael Waltrip Racing
26
28
Trevor Bayne
21
Ford Motorcraft Wood Brothers Racing
33
29
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
13
30
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Bush's Baked Beans JTG Daugherty Racing
21
31
Travis Kvapil
34
Ford Long John Silver's Front Row Motorsports
40
32
Bill Elliott
09
Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Phoenix Racing
39
33
Robby Gordon
7
Dodge SPEED Energy Robby Gordon Motorsports
31
34
David Gilliland
38
Ford Taco Bell Front Row Motorsports
29
35
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
41
36
Mike Skinner
32
Ford U.S. Chrome FAS Lane Racing
36
37
Andy Lally
71
Chevrolet Adobe Road Winery TRG Motorsports
42
38
Casey Mears
13
Toyota GEICO Germain Racing
27
39
J.J. Yeley
46
Chevrolet Red Line Oil Whitney Motorsports
38
40
Tony Raines
37
Ford TBD Front Row Motorsports
43
41
Landon Cassill
60
Toyota Big Red Germain Racing
37
42
Michael McDowell
66
Toyota HP Racing HP Racing
34
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota AM FM Energy NEMCO Motorsports
32
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About Brian Polking

Racing has been part of Brian's life ever since he can remember, and he spent his childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky watching his father race. NASCAR naturally became his favorite sport, and he has been following the Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series for most of his life. Brian majored in journalism and economics at Ohio State University and becoming a sports writer has always been his dream. Although he has covered everything from minor league baseball to the NCAA tournament, his passion has always been NASCAR. Brian has served as a NASCAR writer for a variety of sites, eventually becoming head editor of the NASCAR section for Fanball.com. His knowledge of NASCAR comes from his life-long love of racing, and he tries to add a personal touch to every article he writes. Brian is always up for talking NASCAR with anyone that wants to. Brian joined KFFL's team in 2011.

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