Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Auto Club 400

by Brian Polking on March 26, 2011 @ 17:57:31 PDT

 


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The talk around the garage the past week has been the budding rivalry between Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch. The two are used to going head-to-head in the Nationwide Series, but the two have been battling more and more in the Cup Series lately as well. Things got physical at Phoenix earlier this year when Busch wrecked Edwards, and Edwards has vowed that payback will be coming at some point.

In the meantime, fantasy owners should enjoy the benefits of the rivalry. Both drivers were tabbed as two potential candidates to dethrone Jimmie Johnson, and they enter Sunday's race at Auto Club Speedway having won the last two races. Busch and Edwards are both running at an elite level, and while they might care who wins and who runs second, fantasy owners can use both drivers and get the best of both worlds.

Although Edwards isn't likely to deliver his payback this weekend with the high speeds seen at Fontana, that doesn't mean there won't be some fireworks Sunday. The race that was 500 miles one year ago is just 400 miles this year, and drivers will be pushing for track position early and often with fewer laps to work with. It could be another rough afternoon for fantasy owners if drivers start getting too aggressive.

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