Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Capital City 400

by Brian Polking on April 27, 2012 @ 20:29:36 PDT

 


Denny Hamlin

The finish to last weekend's race at Kanas should have reminded everyone just how tough it is to win at the Cup level. Martin Truex Jr. had the field covered the entire afternoon. His crew chief didn't make any bad adjustments, his pit crew knocked out fast stops, and Truex didn't make any mistakes behind the wheel. Even though the No. 56 team did everything right, Truex still had to settle for second because the final set of tires put on the car made his Toyota just a tick too loose. Seriously, how much tighter can the competition can't than when races can be won and lost based on the slight differences in tire compounds?

Teams are so close these days that even the dominant drivers have trouble getting to Victory Lane. Case in point, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick are all winless heading into this weekend's race at Richmond International Raceway. Granted, winning isn't everything, and Johnson, Harvick and Edwards are all inside the top 10 in points despite a goose egg in the win column. However, it says a lot about the depth of the series when the title favorites are finding victories tough to come by.

The silver lining for the big names listed above is that Saturday's trip to Richmond could end the winless drought - at least for one of them. After all, Busch is the defending winner of the race and a three-time winner at the track. Johnson has three wins at RIR, as well, and Harvick won the fall event at the track last season. Edwards finished fifth and second in the two races at Richmond last year, and Gordon has three finishes of third or better in his last five starts. In fact, these five drivers have combined to win seven of the last 10 races at Richmond.

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