Fantasy NASCAR rankings: STP 400

by Brian Polking on April 21, 2012 @ 13:32:01 PDT

 


Greg Biffle

It has been a rather quiet season for Penske Championship Racing. Outside of a win at Bristol by Brad Keselowski, the organization hasn't been able to find much consistency. If qualifying for Sunday's race at Kansas was any indication, the team's fortunes could soon be changing. A.J. Allmendinger grabbed the pole for the STP 400, Brad Keselowski will roll off 11th, and even Sam Hornish Jr. qualified 10th. From a fantasy standpoint, all three drivers are intriguing plays. Keselowski finished first and third at Kansas last season, Allmendinger enters the race with three straight top-15 finishes, and Hornish could make a nice sleeper in his first Cup start of the season.

The other organization that enjoyed a strong showing in qualifying was Michael Waltrip Racing. All three MWR drivers will start in the top eight, and with as well as they have been running in 2012, Mark Martin, Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. are all worthy of a roster spot for Sunday's race. As a former winner at Kansas, Martin looks like an especially strong play. Not to mention the fact that he is coming off a top-five finish last weekend at Texas and finished in the top-10 the last time the series visited Kansas.

Two teams that didn't have the qualifying session many expected were Hendrick Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing. However, fantasy owners would be crazy to dismiss drivers from either organization. All three RFR drivers have at least three straight top-10 finishes at Kansas, and point leader Greg Biffle is a two-time winner at the track. HMS drivers Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are two-time winners, as well. Expect the RFR and HMS drivers to be among those heading to the front once the green flag drops.

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