Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Quicken Loans 400

by Brian Polking on June 16, 2012 @ 16:53:15 PDT

 


Joey Logano

Traditionally, a trip to Michigan International Speedway is a chance for fantasy owners to put together a big points day. Aside from the occasional fuel mileage finish, the track's wide racing surface keeps wrecks to a minimum and allows drivers with the fastest cars to get the front. The fastest cars may still get to the front this weekend, but the increased speeds being seen on Michigan's recently repaved surface are raising eyebrows. Suddenly, a normally uneventful trip to MIS has become a wild card race.

Marcos Ambrose grabbed the pole with a lap of 203.241 mph, shattering the old track record of 194.232 mph. When all was said and done, 19 drivers topped 200 mph, and 40 of the 45 drivers ended up breaking the old mark. Not only did the qualifying record fall, Dale Earnhardt Jr. put together a 10-lap average speed of almost 198 mph in Happy Hour Friday. In other words, drivers are averaging speeds over the course of several laps that would easily top the track's old qualifying record. The repaving process has made the speeds so much faster that there is a chance that MIS will see a completely different type of racing than in year's past.

The speeds also caused tire issues for several teams, and blistering was reported by almost every team that made an extended run. NASCAR and Goodyear have already responded by providing teams with a more durable left-side tire, and an extra practice session will be held late Saturday evening following the conclusion of the Nationwide Series event. The new tire is going to be a curveball for teams, but the last thing anyone wants is for tires to start blowing out when cars are traveling in excess of 200 mph.

Even with the changes, tire wear is likely going to be a problem in Sunday's race. Don't expect a repeat of the nightmare that was the 2008 Brickyard 400 when a lack of tire durability forced NASCAR to throw a competition caution every 10 laps, but it is a near certainty that a few drivers will suffer blown tires and even more will be forced to make unscheduled stops as a result of tire problems. Hopefully, the tire change and the extra practice correct most of the problems, but it is going to be a nerve-racking 400 miles for fantasy owners this weekend.

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