Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Bojangles' Southern 500

by Brian Polking on May 12, 2012 @ 09:14:30 PDT

 


Greg Biffle
Greg Biffle has been having a career year, and the good times kept coming for the point leader at Darlington Raceway Friday. He grabbed his second pole of the season, and he will be looking to parlay it into his second trip to Victory Lane in 2012. Biffle is a two-time winner at the track, and it's also worth noting that he started inside the top 10 in both of his previous victories. He has been a fantasy stud from the drop of the green at Daytona, and he isn't likely to slow down Saturday night.

Biffle isn't the only strong fantasy option starting near the front of the field. Joining Biffle on the front row will be fellow two-time Darlington winner Jimmie Johnson, and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne will start third. Kahne may be the hottest driver in the series. After a slow start, he has four straight top-10s, including back-to-back top-five finishes. Former Darlington winners Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin are also starting in the top 10, along with Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr. Newman has finished in the top 10 in all three races at the track with Stewart-Haas Racing, and Truex has finished in the top 15 in five of his six career start at the track.

In terms of sleeper picks, Regan Smith and Jamie McMurray appear to be the top options. Smith qualified ninth, and he is the defending winner of this weekend's race. Meanwhile, McMurray will start 11th Saturday night, and he has finished second and ninth in his last two starts at Darlington.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
8
2
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
1
3
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
12
4
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
2
5
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Subway Roush Fenway Racing
7
6
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
15
7
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
5
8
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
4
9
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Auto Parts Michael Waltrip Racing
6
10
Kasey Kahne
5
Chevrolet Farmers Insurance Hendrick Motorsports
3
11
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
17
12
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Best Buy Roush Fenway Racing
19
13
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
23
14
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
24
15
Mark Martin
55
Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip Racing
18
16
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
11
17
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
10
18
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
9
19
Clint Bowyer
15
Toyota 5 Hour Energy Michael Waltrip Racing
26
20
Kurt Busch
51
Chevrolet Tag Heuer Phoenix Racing
25
21
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
21
22
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Clorox Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
27
23
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
28
24
A.J. Allmendinger
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
16
25
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Kingsford JTG Daugherty Racing
22
26
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
14
27
Aric Almirola
43
Ford Medallion Financial Richard Petty Motorsports
13
28
Danica Patrick
10
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
38
29
David Ragan
34
Ford Scorpion Truck Bed Liners Front Row Motorsports
37
30
Landon Cassill
83
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
20
31
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
34
32
David Gilliland
38
Ford MHP Front Row Motorsports
36
33
Casey Mears
13
Ford GEICO Germain Racing
31
34
Reed Sorenson
32
Ford Jani-King FAS Lane Racing
42
35
David Reutimann
93
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
41
36
J.J. Yeley
49
Toyota JPO Absorbents American Israel Racing
43
37
David Stremme
30
Toyota Inception Motorsports Inception Motorsports
32
38
Scott Speed
79
Ford Team Kyle Go Green Racing
29
39
Mike Skinner
52
Toyota CrusaderStaffing.com Pro Motor Engineering
35
40
Josh Wise
26
Ford Morristown Driver's Service Front Row Motorsports
30
41
Travis Kvapil
73
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
33
42
Cole Whitt
74
Chevrolet Turn One Racing Turn One Racing
39
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota AM/FM Energy NEMCO Motorsports
40
Facebook Twitter Google +

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.

Don't miss these great reports....


What do you think? Sound off!



Recent KFFL releases