Fantasy NASCAR rankings: AAA Texas 500

by Brian Polking on November 5, 2011 @ 18:27:25 PDT

 


Carl Edwards

Although he isn't even in the championship picture, Kyle Busch managed to draw attention to himself this weekend. His retaliatory act against Ron Hornaday Jr. in Friday's Truck Series event resulted in NASCAR parking Busch for the remainder of the weekend. As a result, Michael McDowell will pilot Busch's No. 18 Toyota. For fantasy owners, the news obviously means that Busch has become a non-factor this weekend. However, McDowell suddenly becomes a possible sleeper option. After all, his performance should see a huge boost in performance thanks to the Joe Gibbs Racing equipment.

As for the title fight, both Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards will roll off inside the top 10 Sunday. The strong qualifying effort probably means a little more to Stewart than Edwards given Stewart's typical abysmal performance in time trials. That being said, Stewart won't find it easy to gain any spots. Edwards' Roush Fenway Racing teammates grabbed the top three spots in qualifying, and none of them are likely to give an inch to Stewart.

For fantasy owners, loading up on the Roush drivers could be the smart move. After all, pole-sitter Greg Biffle has six straight top-10 finishes at Texas, including back-to-back top-five efforts. Matt Kenseth will start third and is gunning for a season sweep at the track, and second-place qualifier David Ragan has back-to-back top-10 finishes at Texas. Edwards himself is a three-time track winner. With all four starting seventh or better, it could be a big Sunday for Jack Roush.

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