Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Food City 500

by Brian Polking on March 17, 2012 @ 15:24:34 PDT

 


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Greg Biffle's red hot start to the 2012 season continued at Bristol, as he grabbed the pole for Sunday's Food City 500. After missing the Chase in 2011, Biffle has opened this season with three straight third-place finishes, grabbing the top spot in the standings in the process. The only thing missing is a trip to Victory Lane, and considering Biffle has the best average finish of any driver without a win in Thunder Valley, he is more than overdue. He may not be able to keep up his torrid pace for an entire 36-race schedule, but as long as he is performing at an elite level, fantasy owners should feel free to jump on the Biffle bandwagon.

Biffle isn't the only driver that is long overdue for a win. A.J. Allmendinger is arguably the best driver in the Cup Series without a win, and although he has had some bad luck to start the year, he has shown plenty of promise with his new Penske Championship Racing team. Allmendinger qualified on the front row for Sunday's race, and after a strong showing in Saturday's practices, this could be the weekend that he breaks through and gets the monkey off his back.

Of course, Kyle Busch will probably have a lot to say about who ends up in Victory Lane. He is the defending winner of Sunday's race, and he has won four of the last six races at Bristol. Busch is off to a lackluster start by his standards, but there is no better place for the No. 18 team to get back on track than in Thunder Valley. He will roll off 13th when the green flag waves, but Busch should waste little time making his way to the front of the field.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
13
2
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
1
3
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Best Buy Roush Fenway Racing
21
4
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
14
5
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
3
6
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
22
7
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Subway Roush Fenway Racing
8
8
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
5
9
Kasey Kahne
5
Chevrolet Farmers Insurance Hendrick Motorsports
10
10
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
4
11
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
20
12
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
18
13
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
12
14
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Auto Parts Michael Waltrip Racing
15
15
A.J. Allmendinger
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
2
16
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
23
17
Aric Almirola
43
Ford Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes Richard Petty Motorsports
7
18
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
9
19
Clint Bowyer
15
Toyota 5 Hour Energy Michael Waltrip Racing
16
20
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
17
21
Brian Vickers
55
Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip Racing
25
22
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
11
23
Kurt Busch
51
Chevrolet Tag Heuer Phoenix Racing
27
24
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
33
25
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
6
26
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Clorox Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
30
27
David Reutimann
10
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
19
28
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Kingsford JTG Daugherty Racing
36
29
Travis Kvapil
93
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
34
30
David Ragan
34
Ford Scorpion Truck Bed Liners Front Row Motorsports
31
31
David Gilliland
38
Ford MHP Front Row Motorsports
26
32
Brendan Gaughan
33
Chevrolet South Point Casino Richard Childress Racing
32
33
Landon Cassill
83
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
29
34
Ken Schrader
32
Ford Federated Auto Parts FAS Lane Racing
42
35
Casey Mears
13
Ford GEICO Germain Racing
24
36
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
35
37
Reed Sorenson
74
Chevrolet Carnegie Hotel Turn One Racing
38
38
Scott Riggs
23
Chevrolet North Texas Pipe R3 Motorsports
43
39
J.J. Yeley
49
Toyota American Israel Racing American Israel Racing
40
40
Josh Wise
26
Ford MDS Trucking Front Row Motorsports
37
41
Michael McDowell
98
Ford TBA Phil Parsons Racing
39
42
David Stremme
30
Toyota TBA Inception Motorsports
28
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota AM-FM Energy NEMCO Motorsports
41
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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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