Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Kobalt Tools 500

by Brian Polking on November 12, 2011 @ 15:43:18 PDT

 


Jimmie Johnson

Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart just can't seem to get away from each other. The two title contenders are separated by just three points with two races remaining, and fresh off a 1-2 finish at Texas, Stewart and Edwards qualified eighth and ninth for Sunday's race at Phoenix. Both teams are firing on all cylinders, and at this point, there is a good chance the championship will be up for grabs until the checkered flag waves at Homestead next weekend.
While the focus will be on Stewart and Edwards Sunday, fantasy owners have plenty of other options to choose from as well. Qualifying provided a host of potential sleeper options, while several big names struggled on the track's new configuration. A.J. Allmendinger, Marcos Ambrose, Mark Martin and Martin Truex Jr. will all start in the top five Sunday, and Jamie McMurray and David Reutimann will join them in the top 10. Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch are among the drivers that will start outside the top 15, while Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer are just a few of the big names starting outside the top 25.
With the newly repaved track expected to have one groove for a majority of the race, track position is more valuable than ever. As a result, fantasy owners have to seriously consider taking a chance on some of the surprise drivers starting in the top 10. While nobody seems exactly sure of what to expect Sunday, the consensus among drivers seems to be that passing will be difficult. A wrecked-filled race could be in the works, and being out front early could be the key to staying out of trouble.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Aflac Roush Fenway Racing
9
2
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
8
3
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
16
4
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Crown Royal Roush Fenway Racing
1
5
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
23
6
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
27
7
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
12
8
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
30
9
Kasey Kahne
4
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
10
10
Kurt Busch
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
17
11
Mark Martin
5
Chevrolet GoDaddy.com Hendrick Motorsports
4
12
A.J. Allmendinger
43
Ford Best Buy Richard Petty Motorsports
2
13
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
14
14
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
33
15
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
22
16
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
3
17
Clint Bowyer
33
Chevrolet Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
28
18
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
11
19
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
34
20
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Michael Waltrip Racing
5
21
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
29
22
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
25
23
David Reutimann
00
Toyota Aaron's Michael Waltrip Racing
7
24
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Target Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
26
25
David Ragan
6
Ford UPS Roush Fenway Racing
13
26
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
6
27
Brian Vickers
83
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
18
28
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Bush's Baked Beans JTG Daugherty Racing
31
29
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
15
30
Casey Mears
13
Toyota GEICO Germain Racing
38
31
Robby Gordon
7
Dodge SPEED Energy Robby Gordon Motorsports
20
32
Geoff Bodine
36
Chevrolet Luke & Associates Tommy Baldwin Racing
40
33
J.J. Yeley
38
Ford Long John Silver's Front Row Motorsports
41
34
Dave Blaney
35
Chevrolet Golden Corral Tommy Baldwin Racing
43
35
Mike Bliss
32
Ford U.S. Chrome FAS Lane Racing
39
36
Landon Cassill
51
Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Phoenix Racing
21
37
David Gilliland
34
Ford Taco Bell Front Row Motorsports
42
38
Scott Speed
46
Ford Red Line Oil Whitney Motorsports
24
39
Cole Whitt
84
Toyota Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing
19
40
Travis Kvapil
55
Ford Aloft Hotels Front Row Motorsports
37
41
Mike Skinner
37
Ford Max Q Motorsports Front Row Motorsports
36
42
Michael McDowell
66
Toyota James Fund HP Racing
35
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota NEMCO Motorsports NEMCO Motorsports
32
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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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