Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Tums Fast Relief 500

by Brian Polking on October 29, 2011 @ 16:00:08 PDT

 


Denny Hamlin
If Carl Edwards holds on to his current point lead and goes on to win his first career Cup Series title, he may have to thank Mother Nature. Rain forced the cancellation of qualifying at Martinsville Speedway Saturday, setting the field by owner points and putting Edwards on the pole at a track that has been one of his worst. Martinsville is known for tough passing conditions and a treacherous pit road, and now, Edwards will have track position and the best pit stall both working in his favor. Sunday's race is still his biggest hurdle, but that hurdle has suddenly gotten a lot smaller.

Of course, the same can be said for his teammate and second-place Matt Kenseth as well as fourth-place Tony Stewart. Kenseth hasn't been much better at Martinsville than Edwards, but starting on the outside of the front row should help his cause. Meanwhile, Stewart - a notoriously terrible qualifier - will roll off inside the top five at one of his better tracks. Not to mention the fact that all three title contenders will enjoy the added benefit of avoiding the bumping and banging that goes on in the middle of the pack at the start of the race.

While Edwards, Kenseth and Stewart were among the beneficiaries of Saturday's washout, potential sleeper picks like Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano and Juan Pablo Montoya all have their work cut out for them. All three have had success at Martinsville in the past, but they will now start outside the top 20 this weekend. Granted, a poor qualifying effort shouldn't eliminate them from fantasy consideration, but all three options are a bit riskier than they would have been had they qualified closer to the front.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
7
2
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
10
3
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
11
4
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
6
5
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
5
6
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
9
7
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
4
8
Clint Bowyer
33
Chevrolet Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
13
9
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Aflac Roush Fenway Racing
1
10
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
3
11
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
12
12
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Target Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
20
13
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
22
14
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Crown Royal Roush Fenway Racing
2
15
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
27
16
Mark Martin
5
Chevrolet GoDaddy.com Hendrick Motorsports
19
17
Kurt Busch
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
8
18
A.J. Allmendinger
43
Ford Best Buy Richard Petty Motorsports
16
19
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
38
20
David Ragan
6
Ford UPS Roush Fenway Racing
18
21
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Michael Waltrip Racing
24
22
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
23
23
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
15
24
David Reutimann
00
Toyota Aaron's Michael Waltrip Racing
28
25
Kasey Kahne
4
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
14
26
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
17
27
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Bush's Baked Beans JTG Daugherty Racing
29
28
Brian Vickers
83
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
25
29
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
37
30
Casey Mears
13
Toyota GEICO Germain Racing
33
31
Ken Schrader
32
Ford U.S. Chrome FAS Lane Racing
34
32
Scott Speed
46
Ford Red Line Oil Whitney Motorsports
39
33
Reed Sorenson
7
Dodge SPEED Energy Robby Gordon Motorsports
21
34
David Gilliland
34
Ford Taco Bell Front Row Motorsports
31
35
Robby Gordon
77
Dodge SPEED Energy Robby Gordon Motorsports
26
36
Landon Cassill
51
Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Phoenix Racing
30
37
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Golden Corral Tommy Baldwin Racing
32
38
Travis Kvapil
38
Ford Long John Silver's Front Row Motorsports
35
39
Hermie Sadler
71
Ford Home Smart TRG Motorsports
36
40
J.J. Yeley
55
Ford Front Row Motorsports Front Row Motorsports
43
41
David Stremme
30
Chevrolet Inception Motorsports Inception Motorsports
42
42
Michael McDowell
66
Toyota James Fund HP Racing
40
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota NEMCO Motorsports NEMCO Motorsports
41
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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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