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Fantasy NASCAR rankings: AAA 400
Of course, Hamlin won't have to worry about charging to the front if he wants to win at Dover because he claimed the pole for Sunday's race. Coming into the Chase, the Monster Mile figured to be the biggest hurdle between Hamlin and a potential championship. After all, he has a 20.5 average finish at the track and has finished outside the top 15 in his last three starts. However, his pole-winning lap followed an excellent pair of practices, and it appears that Hamlin has a strong car. Considering he has won three of the last five races overall, it is tough to justify benching him despite his poor history at Dover.
Other big names starting in the top five include Hamlin's teammate Kyle Busch, along with Michael Waltrip Racing teammates Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. With four finishes of sixth or better in his last five starts at Dover and two career wins at the track, Busch has an excellent chance of becoming the first non-Chaser to win during this year's playoffs. Meanwhile, Bowyer and Truex both finished in the top 10 at Dover in June, and considering they have been near the top of the speed charts all weekend, a repeat performance could be on tap for both drivers.
Fantasy owners won't want to forget seven-time Dover winner and pre-race favorite Jimmie Johnson, who will be lurking in 11th when the green flag waves. However, those looking for sleepers should consider Sam Hornish Jr. or Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hornish qualified fourth and will be driving for the same No. 22 team that won this race last season with Kurt Busch behind the wheel. Stenhouse, on the other hand, could make some noise in just his second Cup start of the season. He is the defending Nationwide Series champ, and he will be driving for a Roush Fenway Racing organization that has enjoyed a ton of success at Dover. After qualifying 17th, Stenhouse could be a sneaky source for a top-15 finish Sunday.
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