Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Ford 400

by Brian Polking on November 19, 2011 @ 05:42:43 PDT

 


Tony Stewart

When the green flag waves Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Carl Edwards will be in control of his championship destiny. He has a three-point lead on Tony Stewart entering the race, and he has a better career record at Homestead, including wins in two of his last three starts at the track. Edwards has been better than “Smoke” all weekend long, beating him on the charts in both practice sessions and topping it off by winning the pole. He has been the more consistent driver throughout the year, and it his title to lose this weekend.

Of course, facing an uphill battle is nothing new for Stewart this season. He struggled during the regular season, limped into the Chase, and even admitted that he was simply taking up a spot in the playoffs. He needed four victories just to put himself in contention for the title, and unless he manages a record-setting fifth victory during the Chase, Stewart probably won’t win the championship. That being said, the pressure is squarely on the No. 99 team, and Stewart can continue to race with nothing to lose as he has throughout the playoffs.

In the end, the 2011 season has felt like Edwards’ year for quite some time. He led in points during the regular season for a majority of the weeks, and while other drivers ran hot and cold, Edwards rarely faltered. He was the hot pick to dethrone Jimmie Johnson before the year began, and even though he isn’t racing Johnson for the title Sunday, Edwards is still preparing to become the next face of NASCAR. Stewart deserves a ton of credit for putting himself in position to win his third title, but just as he stole the spotlight from veteran Jeff Gordon with a pair of titles in a four year span early in his career, Edwards will likely return the favor Sunday.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos.
1
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Aflac Roush Fenway Racing
1
2
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
15
3
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
21
4
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
9
5
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Crown Royal Roush Fenway Racing
6
6
Kasey Kahne
4
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
3
7
A.J. Allmendinger
43
Ford Best Buy Richard Petty Motorsports
12
8
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
10
9
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
5
10
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
7
11
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
8
12
Clint Bowyer
33
Chevrolet Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
17
13
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
14
14
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
31
15
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
11
16
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Michael Waltrip Racing
2
17
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
18
18
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
19
19
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
23
20
Mark Martin
5
Chevrolet GoDaddy.com Hendrick Motorsports
25
21
Kurt Busch
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
4
22
David Reutimann
00
Toyota Aaron's Michael Waltrip Racing
28
23
David Ragan
6
Ford UPS Roush Fenway Racing
13
24
Trevor Bayne
21
Ford Motorcraft Wood Brothers Racing
20
25
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
26
26
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
32
27
Brian Vickers
83
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
24
28
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Target Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
27
29
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
16
30
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Bush's Baked Beans JTG Daugherty Racing
35
31
Casey Mears
13
Toyota GEICO Germain Racing
39
32
Cole Whitt
84
Toyota Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing
29
33
Dave Blaney
35
Chevrolet Golden Corral Tommy Baldwin Racing
34
34
Landon Cassill
51
Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Phoenix Racing
22
35
Mike Bliss
71
Ford School Media TRG Motorsports
43
36
Travis Kvapil
38
Ford Vampt Front Row Motorsports
40
37
T.J. Bell
32
Ford Green Smoke FAS Lane Racing
41
38
David Gilliland
34
Ford Taco Bell Front Row Motorsports
38
39
David Stremme
30
Chevrolet Inception Motorsports Inception Motorsports
36
40
Geoff Bodine
36
Chevrolet Luke & Associates Tommy Baldwin Racing
42
41
J.J. Yeley
55
Ford Ingersoll Rand Front Row Motorsports
30
42
Michael McDowell
66
Toyota HP Racing HP Racing
33
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota TBA NEMCO Motorsports
37
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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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