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.
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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