Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records.com

by Brian Polking on July 30, 2011 @ 15:01:33 PDT

 


Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress Racing

The Brickyard 400 is arguably the second most prestigious race on the Cup Series schedule and one of four crown jewel races so to speak, along with the Daytona 400, Southern 500 and Coca-Cola 600. Aside from Kevin Harvick's victory in the 600-mile even at Charlotte, NASCAR's biggest races have been won by some unexpected names in 2011. Rookie Trevor Bayne won at Daytona, and Regan Smith scored his first career Cup Series win at Darlington.

Granted, there is no guarantee that trend will continue, but David Ragan did shock a lot of people by winning the pole for Sunday's race at Indianapolis. He also pulled of a surprise win of his own at Daytona in July, but winning at Indy would be a completely different feat altogether. He will be joined in the top 10 by A.J. Allmendinger, who is another driver worth keeping an eye on. After all, Allmendinger has had top-10 runs at Indy in the past, and qualifying near the front goes a long way. Only three races have been won by drivers starting worse than 16th at the 2.5-mile track.

In many ways, this weekend's race will put two trends against one another. Upsets don't happen at the Brickyard very often, and no driver has ever made the race the site of their first career win. That being said, surprises have been a theme in 2011, but this Sunday, something has to give.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
8
2
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Aflac Roush Fenway Racing
10
3
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
3
4
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
24
5
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
18
6
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Target Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
7
7
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
19
8
Kurt Busch
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
4
9
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Crown Royal Roush Fenway Racing
9
10
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
29
11
Kasey Kahne
4
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
2
12
Clint Bowyer
33
Chevrolet Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
26
13
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
14
14
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
5
15
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
20
16
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
16
17
A.J. Allmendinger
43
Ford Best Buy Richard Petty Motorsports
6
18
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
23
19
Mark Martin
5
Chevrolet GoDaddy.com Hendrick Motorsports
12
20
David Ragan
6
Ford UPS Roush Fenway Racing
1
21
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
22
22
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
13
23
David Reutimann
00
Toyota Aaron's Michael Waltrip Racing
28
24
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
15
25
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Michael Waltrip Racing
30
26
Trevor Bayne
21
Ford Motorcraft Wood Brothers Racing
25
27
Brian Vickers
83
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
31
28
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
21
29
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
27
30
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Bush's Baked Beans JTG Daugherty Racing
17
31
Casey Mears
13
Toyota GEICO Germain Racing
11
32
Robby Gordon
7
Dodge SPEED Energy Robby Gordon Motorsports
41
33
Mike Bliss
32
Ford U.S. Chrome FAS Lane Racing
42
34
Landon Cassill
51
Chevrolet Security Benefit Phoenix Racing
32
35
Terry Labonte
23
Ford FAS Lane Racing FAS Lane Racing
43
36
David Gilliland
34
Ford Taco Bell Front Row Motorsports
37
37
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Golden Corral Tommy Baldwin Racing
33
38
T.J. Bell
50
Chevrolet Green Smoke MAKE Motorsports
40
39
Scott Speed
37
Ford TBA Front Row Motorsports
34
40
Andy Lally
71
Ford TRG Motorsports TRG Motorsports
39
41
Mike Skinner
60
Toyota Big Red Germain Racing
38
42
Michael McDowell
66
Toyota RaceHP.com HP Racing
35
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota NEMCO Motorsports NEMCO Motorsports
36
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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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