Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Toyota/Save Mart 350

by Brian Polking on June 25, 2011 @ 09:30:10 PDT

 


Juan Pablo Montoya

Last season's race at Infineon Raceway was one of the roughest in recent memory, with drivers spending a majority of the race bumping one another out of the way. Multi-car spins were a common sight, and a violent wreck triggered by a Jeff Gordon tap on Martin Truex Jr. highlighted the carnage. Needless to say, the race was far from kind to fantasy owners. Unfortunately, it appears the 2011 race could be a repeat after qualifying put some surprising faces at the front of the field.

Joey Logano came out of nowhere to grab the pole for Sunday's race, and he was followed by Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard. All three drivers have had limited success at road courses, especially Menard and Logano. That being said, these three drivers will lead the field to the green at a track where passing has been historically difficult. Couple that with the fact that road course aces like Juan Pablo Montoya, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch are all starting outside the top 15, and you have a recipe for some physical racing as the big names try to fight their way to the front.

Sunday's race could also prove to be a breakout day for Richard Petty Motorsports. Marcos Ambrose and A.J. Allmendinger both qualified inside the top 10, and both drivers have had a history of success at road courses. In fact, Ambrose had last year's race in the bag before stalling his car under caution and losing the lead with just two laps to go. The organization has been up and down in 2011, but Allmendinger and Ambrose are both capable of getting to Victory Lane this weekend.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Target Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
17
2
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
8
3
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
13
4
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
20
5
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
12
6
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
19
7
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
4
8
Kasey Kahne
4
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
6
9
A.J. Allmendinger
43
Ford Best Buy Richard Petty Motorsports
7
10
Clint Bowyer
33
Chevrolet Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
9
11
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
26
12
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
5
13
Kurt Busch
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
11
14
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Aflac Roush Fenway Racing
23
15
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
22
16
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
18
17
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
2
18
Mark Martin
5
Chevrolet GoDaddy.com Hendrick Motorsports
16
19
Brian Vickers
83
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
10
20
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Crown Royal Roush Fenway Racing
33
21
Robby Gordon
7
Dodge SPEED Energy Robby Gordon Motorsports
28
22
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
25
23
David Ragan
6
Ford UPS Roush Fenway Racing
34
24
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Michael Waltrip Racing
14
25
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
3
26
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
1
27
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
15
28
David Reutimann
00
Toyota Aaron's Michael Waltrip Racing
32
29
Andy Lally
71
Ford TRG Motorsports TRG Motorsports
41
30
David Gilliland
34
Ford Taco Bell Front Row Motorsports
29
31
Casey Mears
13
Toyota GEICO Germain Racing
27
32
P.J. Jones
77
Dodge SPEED Energy Robby Gordon Motorsports
35
33
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Bush's Baked Beans JTG Daugherty Racing
21
34
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
24
35
Boris Said
51
Chevrolet Security Benefit Phoenix Racing
30
36
Chris Cook
37
Ford Front Row Motorsports Front Row Motorsports
42
37
Terry Labonte
32
Ford C&J Energy FAS Lane Racing
39
38
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Golden Corral Tommy Baldwin Racing
36
39
Mike Skinner
60
Toyota Big Red Germain Racing
37
40
David Mayhew
66
Toyota RaceHP.com HP Racing
38
41
Brian Simo
81
Chevrolet WhitneysCollision.com Whitney Motorsports
40
42
Andy Pilgrim
46
Chevrolet Red Line Oil Whitney Motorsports
43
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota NEMCO Motorsports NEMCO Motorsports
31
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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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