Fantasy NASCAR rankings: FedEx 400

by Brian Polking on June 2, 2012 @ 13:35:50 PDT

 


Kasey Kahne

At many tracks, a strong qualifying is crucial because of the track position that comes along with it. At Dover, a strong qualifying effort is important because of the track's treacherous pit road. With concrete walls on both sides of pit lane, drivers have no room to avoid the hazards that arise in the pits, and cars can be torn up during pit stops just as easily as on the track. Teams get to select their pit stalls in the order in which they qualify, and on one of the shortest and narrowest pit roads in the series, there are only a handful of decent stalls.

Not surprisingly, seven of the last eight Dover winners have started inside the top eight, including six from inside the top five. The trend has been even more dramatic in recent years, as three of the last five winners have started on the front row. The stat is great news for pole-sitter Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson, who will start outside of his former teammate. With six wins at Dover, Johnson was already one of the favorites this weekend. Martin has forced his way into the conversation as well, and after finishing second at the "Monster Mile" last spring, the veteran is looking like a potential top-five pick this weekend.

Other big names starting in the top 10 include Roush Fenway Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle, along with Kyle Busch. Kenseth is the defending winner of this weekend's race, and he has finished in the top five in seven of his last eight starts at Dover. His teammate Biffle is a two-time winner at the track, and the point leader has just one finish outside the top 15 all year. Busch is also two-time winner at Dover, and he has four straight finishes of sixth or better at the track.

Fantasy owners looking for a sleeper pick this weekend should consider Aric Almirola. His 12th-place effort in qualifying continued a strong weekend for the Richard Petty Motorsports driver. Almirola has been solid the last month, notching three straight top-20 finishes, including a 16th-place run in last weekend's Coca-Cola 600. His RPM teammate Marcos Ambrose picked up a pair of top-10s at Dover last season, and Almirola could be headed for a similar run Sunday.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
2
2
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
8
3
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Best Buy Roush Fenway Racing
5
4
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
7
5
Kasey Kahne
5
Chevrolet Farmers Insurance Hendrick Motorsports
13
6
Mark Martin
55
Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip Racing
1
7
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Subway Roush Fenway Racing
19
8
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
6
9
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Auto Parts Michael Waltrip Racing
18
10
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
3
11
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
17
12
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
14
13
Clint Bowyer
15
Toyota 5 Hour Energy Michael Waltrip Racing
4
14
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
10
15
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
21
16
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
16
17
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
29
18
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
15
19
Aric Almirola
43
Ford Medallion Financial Richard Petty Motorsports
12
20
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
11
21
Kurt Busch
51
Chevrolet Tag Heuer Phoenix Racing
9
22
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
20
23
A.J. Allmendinger
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
23
24
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
24
25
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Clorox Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
31
26
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
26
27
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Kingsford JTG Daugherty Racing
22
28
David Ragan
34
Ford 8-Hour Alert Front Row Motorsports
28
29
Landon Cassill
83
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
27
30
David Reutimann
10
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
39
31
Casey Mears
13
Ford GEICO Germain Racing
40
32
Stephen Leicht
33
Chevrolet LittleJoesAutos.com Richard Childress Racing
37
33
David Gilliland
38
Ford MHP Front Row Motorsports
30
34
Scott Speed
79
Ford Team Kyle Go Green Racing
25
35
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
41
36
Reed Sorenson
32
Ford Unsponsored FAS Lane Racing
38
37
Travis Kvapil
93
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
42
38
Mike Bliss
19
Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing Humphrey Smith Racing
36
39
J.J. Yeley
49
Toyota America Israel Racing America Israel Racing
34
40
David Stremme
30
Toyota Inception Motorsports Inception Motorsports
32
41
Scott Riggs
23
Chevrolet North Texas Pipe R3 Motorsports
43
42
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota AM FM Energy Wood Stoves NEMCO Motorsports
35
43
Michael McDowell
98
Ford Curb Records Phil Parsons Racing
33
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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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