Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Geico 400

by Brian Polking on September 17, 2011 @ 14:08:03 PDT

 


Jeff Gordon
For just the ninth time in his career, Matt Kenseth will start a race from the pole. When he leads the field to the green Sunday at Chicagoland, he could be setting the tone for a big start to the 2011 Chase. No driver has led more laps at the track without winning than Kenseth, and he will be piloting the same car that he won with in dominating fashion at Texas earlier this year.

While Kenseth is an easy pick for owners, qualifying was unkind to many pre-race favorites. Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick were all fast in practice, and they also happen to be the only drivers with multiple wins at Chicagoland. However, all three will start outside the top 20 Sunday, along with defending race winner David Reutimann.

In all likelihood, all four drivers should have fast enough cars to get to the front. That being said, starting in the back does increase the chances of at least one of them getting caught up in someone else's mess. Owners should be surprised if trouble strikes one of these big names as they work their way to the front.

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