Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Pure Michigan 400

by Brian Polking on August 20, 2011 @ 09:03:54 PDT

 


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There is a lot for fantasy owners to love about the front row for Sunday's Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Roush Fenway Racing teammates Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth swept the top two spots in qualifying and will now try to parlay the track position into a trip to Victory Lane. Given the records of both drivers at the 2.0-mile track, there is a good chance one of the will be celebrating when the checkered flag waves.

Granted, Biffle has had a miserable year, especially by his recent standards. However, he is sitting on the pole at a track where he has won twice. More importantly, he has led the most laps in each of the last two races at MIS. As bad as Biffle has been, a win Sunday would thrust him right in the middle of the wildcard battle. His playoff hopes are more or less on the line this weekend, and the extra motivation could be what he needs to seal the deal.

Kenseth is searching or his third win at Michigan as well, and after qualifying on the outside of the front row, he should have jumped to the top of the list as far as fantasy options go. He is one of those drivers that rarely qualify in the top 10, let alone on the front row. When he does start near the front, Kenseth is almost always a factor for the win. Considering he finished second by less than car length at MIS in June, owners have every reason to be optimistic about his chances.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
11
2
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Crown Royal Roush Fenway Racing
17
3
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
18
4
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Aflac Roush Fenway Racing
99
5
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
16
6
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
14
7
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
24
8
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
48
9
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
29
10
Kurt Busch
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
22
11
Clint Bowyer
33
Chevrolet Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
33
12
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
39
13
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
27
14
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
2
15
A.J. Allmendinger
43
Ford Best Buy Richard Petty Motorsports
43
16
David Ragan
6
Ford UPS Roush Fenway Racing
6
17
Mark Martin
5
Chevrolet GoDaddy.com Hendrick Motorsports
5
18
Brian Vickers
83
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
83
19
Kasey Kahne
4
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
4
20
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
20
21
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Target Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
42
22
David Reutimann
00
Toyota Aaron's Michael Waltrip Racing
0
23
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
88
24
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Michael Waltrip Racing
56
25
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
9
26
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
1
27
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
31
28
Trevor Bayne
21
Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane Wood Brothers Racing
21
29
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
78
30
Landon Cassill
51
Chevrolet Thank a Teacher Today Phoenix Racing
51
31
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Bush's Baked Beans JTG Daugherty Racing
47
32
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Golden Corral Tommy Baldwin Racing
36
33
Casey Mears
13
Toyota GEICO Germain Racing
13
34
Ken Schrader
32
Ford U.S. Chrome FAS Lane Racing
32
35
Travis Kvapil
38
Ford Long John Silver's Front Row Motorsports
38
36
David Gilliland
34
Ford Taco Bell Front Row Motorsports
34
37
J.J. Yeley
55
Ford TBA Front Row Motorsports
55
38
Andy Lally
71
Ford TRG Motorsports TRG Motorsports
71
39
Tony Raines
37
Ford TBA Front Row Motorsports
37
40
David Stremme
30
Chevrolet TBA Inception Motorsports
30
41
Mike Skinner
60
Toyota Big Red Germain Racing
60
42
Todd Bodine
66
Toyota RaceHP.com HP Racing
66
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota NEMCO Motorsports NEMCO Motorsports
87
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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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