Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Good Sam RV Insurance 500

by Brian Polking on August 6, 2011 @ 13:17:45 PDT

 


Denny Hamlin

The Cup Series has been coming to Pocono Raceway since 1975, and the track has hosted two events each year since the 1982 season. In those 66 races, only four times has the eventual winner started outside the top 20. Carl Edwards is the only active driver to have accomplished the feat, winning from the 29th starting spot in 2005. In the 12 races since Edwards' victories, nine winners have started sixth or better, including six from the front row.

Needless to say, qualifying has a lot to do with how a driver performs at Pocono. It is flat out tough to pass at the track, mainly because it is so hard to get a car to handle comfortably in general, let alone during side-by-side racing. As a result, fantasy owners need to pay close attention to the starting lineup before setting their own lineups this weekend.

Granted, starting at the back of the field doesn't guarantee that a driver will struggle, but it does severely hinder their chances of winning. For owner playing in leagues that limit the number of starts per driver, guys like Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth need to avoided since they are all starting 20th or worse. Meanwhile, guys like Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr. and Paul Menard have to be considered excellent sleeper picks this weekend since they all roll off inside the top 10.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
6
2
Kurt Busch
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
5
3
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
18
4
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Aflac Roush Fenway Racing
4
5
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
10
6
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
11
7
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
31
8
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
12
9
Kasey Kahne
4
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
2
10
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
28
11
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Target Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
23
12
Clint Bowyer
33
Chevrolet Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
14
13
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
7
14
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
1
15
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Crown Royal Roush Fenway Racing
20
16
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Michael Waltrip Racing
3
17
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
13
18
Mark Martin
5
Chevrolet GoDaddy.com Hendrick Motorsports
25
19
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
9
20
David Ragan
6
Ford UPS Roush Fenway Racing
15
21
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
17
22
David Reutimann
00
Toyota Aaron's Michael Waltrip Racing
33
23
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
8
24
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
19
25
Brian Vickers
83
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
26
26
A.J. Allmendinger
43
Ford Best Buy Richard Petty Motorsports
29
27
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
16
28
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
27
29
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Bush's Baked Beans JTG Daugherty Racing
22
30
Landon Cassill
51
Chevrolet Security Benefit Phoenix Racing
36
31
Casey Mears
13
Toyota GEICO Germain Racing
32
32
Robby Gordon
7
Dodge SPEED Energy Robby Gordon Motorsports
38
33
Travis Kvapil
38
Ford Long John Silver's Front Row Motorsports
39
34
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Golden Corral Tommy Baldwin Racing
21
35
Jason White
32
Ford GunBroker.com FAS Lane Racing
41
36
David Gilliland
34
Ford Taco Bell Front Row Motorsports
24
37
J.J. Yeley
55
Ford TBA Front Row Motorsports
34
38
David Stremme
30
Chevrolet Life is Good Kids Foundation Inception Motorsports
37
39
Scott Speed
37
Ford TBA Front Row Motorsports
40
40
Andy Lally
71
Ford TRG Motorsports TRG Motorsports
42
41
Erik Darnell
46
Ford Red Line Oil Whitney Motorsports
35
42
Todd Bodine
66
Toyota RaceHP.com HP Racing
30
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota NEMCO Motorsports NEMCO Motorsports
43
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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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