Fantasy NASCAR rankings: AAA 400

by Brian Polking on October 1, 2011 @ 13:51:12 PDT

 


Jimmie Johnson

If Jimmie Johnson is going to make a charge and win his seventh straight Sprint Cup title, it could start this weekend at Dover. He has won six times at the “Monster Mile” in his career, and he qualified sixth for Sunday’s race. Johnson has also won two consecutive Chase events at the track. Fantasy owners should keep in mind that whenever people start to doubt Johnson, he seems to make a major statement.

Johnson wasn’t the only big name to qualify near the front. Former Dover winners Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch will roll off inside the top five. Edwards is among the most consistent options at the track, while Busch has reeled off three straight finishes of sixth or better.

There are also plenty of sleeper options starting up front, including pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr. He has won just a single race in his Cup career, but that victory came in dominating fashion at Dover. Seventh-place qualifier A.J. Allmendinger nearly won his first race at the track in this race one year ago. He led 143 laps before cutting a tire and falling two laps off the pace. Incredibly, Allmendinger rallied to finish 10th that afternoon.

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