Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Wonderful Pistachios 400

by Brian Polking on September 10, 2011 @ 20:01:54 PDT

 


Dale Earnhardt Jr.
There have been plenty of drivers that have disappointed in 2011, but David Reutimann and Jamie McMurray have to be at or near the top of the bust list. Both drivers sit well outside the top 20 in points and are winless after combining to win four races a year ago. Despite all the struggles, both drivers took a step in the right direction at Richmond Friday when Reutimann won the pole and McMurray joined him on the outside of the front row.

Whether or not the two drivers go on to deliver solid results in the race remains to be seen, but with the Chase about to begin, it does bring to mind an interesting trend. Every year one or two drivers that miss the Chase are able to build momentum during the playoffs and help out fantasy teams. Tony Stewart's memorable 2006 Chase when he led all drivers in victories is just one example.

The important thing for fantasy owners to remember is that while the 12 drivers that make the Chase have led the way for the first 26 races, there is no guarantee they will continue to do so in the final 10 events. Whether they are in the playoffs or not, owners need to identify and utilize the drivers that get hot in the coming weeks.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
13
2
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
3
3
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
17
4
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Aflac Roush Fenway Racing
8
5
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
28
6
Clint Bowyer
33
Chevrolet Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
5
7
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
19
8
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
7
9
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
22
10
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
18
11
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
16
12
A.J. Allmendinger
43
Ford Best Buy Richard Petty Motorsports
9
13
Kurt Busch
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
11
14
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
33
15
Kasey Kahne
4
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
12
16
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Crown Royal Roush Fenway Racing
25
17
Mark Martin
5
Chevrolet GoDaddy.com Hendrick Motorsports
4
18
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
6
19
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
27
20
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
2
21
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
14
22
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Target Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
10
23
David Reutimann
00
Toyota Aaron's Michael Waltrip Racing
1
24
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Michael Waltrip Racing
29
25
David Ragan
6
Ford UPS Roush Fenway Racing
20
26
Brian Vickers
83
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
24
27
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
15
28
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Bush's Baked Beans JTG Daugherty Racing
32
29
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
23
30
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Golden Corral Tommy Baldwin Racing
34
31
Travis Kvapil
38
Ford Long John Silver's Front Row Motorsports
35
32
David Gilliland
34
Ford Taco Bell Front Row Motorsports
36
33
Casey Mears
13
Toyota GEICO Germain Racing
30
34
Mike Bliss
32
Ford U.S. Chrome FAS Lane Racing
42
35
Robby Gordon
7
Dodge SPEED Energy Robby Gordon Motorsports
37
36
Scott Speed
46
Ford RetakeOurGov.com Whitney Motorsports
41
37
Landon Cassill
51
Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Phoenix Racing
21
38
Andy Lally
71
Ford TRG Motorsports TRG Motorsports
38
39
Stephen Leicht
35
Chevrolet Pepsi Max Tommy Baldwin Racing
40
40
David Stremme
30
Chevrolet Inception Motorsports Inception Motorsports
26
41
J.J. Yeley
55
Ford TBA Front Row Motorsports
43
42
Michael McDowell
66
Toyota RaceHP.com HP Racing
31
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota NEMCO Motorsports NEMCO Motorsports
39
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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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