Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Jeff Byrd 500 presented by Food City

by Brian Polking on March 19, 2011 @ 04:15:13 PDT

 


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Carl Edwards will lead the field to the green for the second time this season, and he will be joined in the top-five by two other Roush Fenway Racing drivers. The Ford teams are clearly blossoming after struggling throughout the first half of last season, and Edwards is leading the charge. A lot of the success has been credited to the FR9 engine, but Sunday's race at Bristol will be a true test.

Short track racing is less about horsepower and more about handling in the corners. Passing is difficult, and the straightaways certainly aren't long enough for drivers to take advantage of a little extra power under the hood. If Edwards and the rest of the Ford drivers run well again Sunday, fantasy owners have to consider the top Ford drivers legitimate powers going forward.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Aflac Roush Fenway Racing
1
2
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
13
3
Kurt Busch
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
20
4
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
21
5
Mark Martin
5
Chevrolet GoDaddy.com Hendrick Motorsports
9
6
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
12
7
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
6
8
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
25
9
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
7
10
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
24
11
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
15
12
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
22
13
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Crown Royal Roush Fenway Racing
11
14
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Target Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
36
15
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
2
16
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
4
17
David Reutimann
00
Toyota Aaron's Michael Waltrip Racing
26
18
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
14
19
Clint Bowyer
33
Chevrolet Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
27
20
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
23
21
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
18
22
Brian Vickers
83
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
30
23
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
17
24
Kasey Kahne
4
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
10
25
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Michael Waltrip Racing
8
26
A.J. Allmendinger
43
Ford Best Buy Richard Petty Motorsports
28
27
David Ragan
6
Ford UPS Roush Fenway Racing
5
28
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
3
29
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Bush's Baked Beans JTG Daugherty Racing
16
30
Trevor Bayne
21
Ford Motorcraft Wood Brothers Racing
19
31
Bill Elliott
09
Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Phoenix Racing
31
32
Travis Kvapil
34
Ford Long John Silver's Front Row Motorsports
35
34
Casey Mears
13
Toyota GEICO Germain Racing
43
35
David Gilliland
38
Ford Taco Bell Front Row Motorsports
29
35
Robby Gordon
7
Dodge SPEED Energy Robby Gordon Motorsports
33
36
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
37
37
Andy Lally
71
Chevrolet Adobe Road Winery TRG Motorsports
42
38
J.J. Yeley
46
Chevrolet Red Line Oil Whitney Motorsports
38
39
Tony Raines
37
Ford Unsponsored Front Row Motorsports
41
40
Landon Cassill
60
Toyota Big Red Germain Racing
32
41
Michael McDowell
66
Toyota HP Racing HP Racing
39
42
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota AM FM Energy NEMCO Motorsports
34
43
Dennis Setzer
92
Dodge K-Automotive Motorsports K-Automotive Motorsports
40
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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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