Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Bank of America 500

by Brian Polking on October 15, 2011 @ 12:11:42 PDT

 


Jimmie Johnson
After starting the Chase with a pair of victories, a bad car at Dover and bad pit strategy at Kansas had his title hopes suddenly on the rocks. However, he could revive his hopes this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Stewart will start on the pole at the 1.5-mile track for the first time in his career Saturday night, and the former Charlotte winner is always dangerous when he qualifies near the front of the field.

Of course, the same can be said about Matt Kenseth. He will join Stewart on the front row Saturday, and a strong qualifying run normally marks Kenseth as a threat to win. The fact that he led the most laps at Charlotte earlier this year only increases her fantasy value further.

Fantasy owners can't forget about five-time champ Jimmie Johnson either. He delivered a top-10 qualifying run, and more importantly, he is a six-time winner at Charlotte. He has led the most laps in the last two races of the Chase, and he has finished first and third in his last two fall starts at Charlotte. No driver is better this time of the year than Johnson.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
9
2
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Crown Royal Roush Fenway Racing
2
3
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
1
4
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
25
5
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
26
6
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Aflac Roush Fenway Racing
3
7
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
14
8
Kurt Busch
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
20
9
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
17
10
David Reutimann
00
Toyota Aaron's Michael Waltrip Racing
29
11
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
23
12
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
5
13
Kasey Kahne
4
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
8
14
Clint Bowyer
33
Chevrolet Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
19
15
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
6
16
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
7
17
David Ragan
6
Ford UPS Roush Fenway Racing
11
18
A.J. Allmendinger
43
Ford Best Buy Richard Petty Motorsports
4
19
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
16
20
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
12
21
Mark Martin
5
Chevrolet GoDaddy.com Hendrick Motorsports
13
22
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
15
23
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
21
24
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
27
25
Trevor Bayne
21
Ford Motorcraft Wood Brothers Racing
10
26
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Michael Waltrip Racing
18
27
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
28
28
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Target Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
32
29
Brian Vickers
83
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
31
30
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Bush's Baked Beans JTG Daugherty Racing
22
31
Casey Mears
13
Toyota GEICO Germain Racing
24
32
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Golden Corral Tommy Baldwin Racing
35
33
Landon Cassill
51
Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Phoenix Racing
30
34
Mike Bliss
32
Ford U.S. Chrome FAS Lane Racing
42
35
David Gilliland
34
Ford Taco Bell Front Row Motorsports
33
36
David Stremme
30
Chevrolet Inception Motorsports Inception Motorsports
36
37
Robby Gordon
7
Dodge SPEED Energy Robby Gordon Motorsports
43
38
J.J. Yeley
38
Ford Long John Silver's Front Row Motorsports
38
39
Travis Kvapil
55
Ford Front Row Motorsports Front Row Motorsports
34
40
Andy Lally
77
Ford HOD TRG Motorsports
40
41
Hermie Sadler
71
Ford Susan G. Komen for the Cure Whitney Motorsports
41
42
Michael McDowell
66
Toyota James Fund HP Racing
37
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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