Fantasy NASCAR rankings: AdvoCare 500

by Brian Polking on September 4, 2011 @ 13:49:51 PDT

 


Jeff Gordon

There will be plenty of different agendas at work when the field takes the green flag Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, starting with pole-sitter Kasey Kahne. The former AMS winner has underwhelmed for the most part in his first and only year with Red Bull Racing, but he still sits 15th in points and trails Denny Hamlin by 16 points. Hamlin currently holds the final wildcard spot, but if Kahne can win at Atlanta, he could move ahead of Hamlin and sneak into the Chase.

Along with Kahne, fantasy owners will have plenty excellent options starting inside the top 10. Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon are two of the hottest drivers in the series, and they will roll off third and fifth, respectively. Meanwhile, Roush Fenway Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards have been two of the most consistent performers at AMS in recent years, and they will start sixth and seventh Sunday. Kurt Busch rounds out the top 10 starters, and with three wins at Atlanta, he makes a strong addition to fantasy rosters as well.

Owners looking for a sleeper pick may want to consider Brian Vickers. He is starting fourth Sunday, and he has a solid record at AMS. He has five top-10 finishes in his last six starts at the track, including three straight. Vickers has been useless for the most part this year, but he could come up huge at one of his best tracks.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
17
2
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Crown Royal Roush Fenway Racing
28
3
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
14
4
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
34
5
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
37
6
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Aflac Roush Fenway Racing
7
7
Kurt Busch
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
3
8
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
20
9
Kasey Kahne
4
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
21
10
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
10
11
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
9
12
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Target Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
1
13
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
15
14
Clint Bowyer
33
Chevrolet Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
2
15
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
22
16
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
32
17
A.J. Allmendinger
43
Ford Best Buy Richard Petty Motorsports
11
18
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
31
19
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
29
20
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Michael Waltrip Racing
6
21
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
27
22
Brian Vickers
83
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
4
23
Mark Martin
5
Chevrolet GoDaddy.com Hendrick Motorsports
8
24
David Reutimann
00
Toyota Aaron's Michael Waltrip Racing
16
25
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
5
26
David Ragan
6
Ford UPS Roush Fenway Racing
19
27
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
12
28
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
26
29
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Bush's Baked Beans JTG Daugherty Racing
23
30
David Gilliland
34
Ford Taco Bell Front Row Motorsports
36
31
Travis Kvapil
38
Ford Long John Silver's Front Row Motorsports
41
32
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Golden Corral Tommy Baldwin Racing
35
33
Casey Mears
13
Toyota GEICO Germain Racing
38
34
Mike Bliss
32
Ford U.S. Chrome FAS Lane Racing
39
35
Robby Gordon
7
Dodge SPEED Energy Robby Gordon Motorsports
33
36
Scott Speed
46
Ford RetakeOurGov.com Whitney Motorsports
30
37
Landon Cassill
51
Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Phoenix Racing
18
38
Andy Lally
71
Ford TRG Motorsports TRG Motorsports
42
39
David Starr
95
Ford AdvoCare Leavine Fenton Racing
43
40
Mike Skinner
60
Toyota Big Red Germain Racing
13
41
J.J. Yeley
38
Ford Vampt Front Row Motorsports
25
42
Michael McDowell
66
Toyota RaceHP.com HP Racing
40
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota NEMCO Motorsports NEMCO Motorsports
24
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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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