Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Samsung Mobile 500

by Brian Polking on April 14, 2012 @ 10:08:17 PDT

 


Tony Stewart

It really isn't a surprise that Roush Fenway Racing has been arguably the strongest organization at the start of the 2012 season. However, it is a big surprise that Michael Waltrip Racing might just be the second best organization right now. RFR and MWR currently have six cars in the top 12 in owner points, and MWR has three in the top 10. More importantly for fantasy owners, the MWR and RFR drivers have delivered 19 top-10s in 34 combined starts this season.

The two super teams could be heading for a shootout this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. fired the first shot for MWR, grabbing the pole for Saturday night's race, while veteran Mark Martin gave his teammate some help at the front of the field with a fourth-place effort in qualifying. However, RFR teammates Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle will roll off second and third. Not to mention the fact that Kenseth is the defending winner of this weekend's race and Biffle leads all drivers with seven straight top-10 finishes at Texas.

Of course, the drivers for both organizations will likely have to contend with Tony Stewart in order to get to Victory Lane. Stewart's weekend has gotten off to a rough start, and he will start all the way back in 29th in a backup car. Still, the defending champ has won four out of the last six races at 1.5-mile tracks, including three straight. He also had the field covered during his win at Texas last fall. It may take him a while to get his No. 14 dialed in and work his way through traffic, but before the checkered flag waves, "Smoke" will likely find a way to be a factor.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Best Buy Roush Fenway Racing
2
2
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
3
3
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
29
4
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Subway Roush Fenway Racing
20
5
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
13
6
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
10
7
Clint Bowyer
15
Toyota 5 Hour Energy Michael Waltrip Racing
18
8
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
15
9
Mark Martin
55
Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip Racing
4
10
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
16
11
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Auto Parts Michael Waltrip Racing
1
12
Kasey Kahne
5
Chevrolet Farmers Insurance Hendrick Motorsports
5
13
A.J. Allmendinger
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
12
14
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
8
15
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
11
16
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
7
17
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
34
18
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
17
19
Trevor Bayne
21
Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane Wood Brothers Racing
19
20
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
6
21
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
14
22
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
24
23
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
9
24
Kurt Busch
51
Chevrolet Tag Heuer Phoenix Racing
27
25
David Ragan
34
Ford Scorpion Truck Bed Liners Front Row Motorsports
21
26
Aric Almirola
43
Ford Medallion Financial Richard Petty Motorsports
23
27
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
26
28
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Clorox Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
25
29
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Kingsford JTG Daugherty Racing
30
30
Casey Mears
13
Ford GEICO Germain Racing
22
31
David Reutimann
10
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
31
32
David Gilliland
38
Ford MHP Front Row Motorsports
35
33
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
41
34
Landon Cassill
83
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
28
35
Travis Kvapil
93
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
37
36
Tony Raines
33
Chevrolet Precon Marine Richard Childress Racing
42
37
Scott Speed
95
Ford TWD Drywall Leavine Fenton Racing
38
38
Mike Bliss
19
Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing Humphrey Smith Racing
43
39
Reed Sorenson
32
Ford Jani-King FAS Lane Racing
39
40
Josh Wise
26
Ford Morristown Driver's Service Front Row Motorsports
32
41
J.J. Yeley
49
Toyota American Israel Racing American Israel Racing
36
42
Michael McDowell
98
Ford Curb Records Phil Parsons Racing
33
43
Scott Riggs
23
Chevrolet North Texas Pipe R3 Motorsports
40
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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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