Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Goody's Fast Relief 500

by Brian Polking on March 31, 2012 @ 19:09:28 PDT

 


Tony Stewart

After winning the pole for Sunday's Cup Series race at Martinsville, Kasey Kahne will lead the field to the green for the second time in 2012. However, starting up front hasn't been the issue for Kahne during his miserable debut season with Hendrick Motorsports. In fact, he has qualified in the top 10 in his last five races, but sits 28th in points and has yet to register a top-10 finish. History says Kahne should have a big advantage starting at the front, but until he can deliver decent results on race day, there is no reason for fantasy owners to give him a roster spot.

Besides, the second and third-place qualifiers for Sunday's race are the real fantasy gems. Kevin Harvick will join Kahne on the front row, continuing his strong of unusually strong qualifying efforts. More importantly, Harvick is the defending winner of this weekend's race, and he has three straight finishes of fourth or better at Martinsville. Meanwhile, Denny Hamlin will roll of third looking to add to his four career victories at the track. Hamlin has won three of the last five races at Martinsville, and he has a 6.5 average finish for his career.

Owners browsing the top 10 qualifiers for potential sleeper options can take their pick of Brian Vickers or Joey Logano. Vickers qualified sixth in his second start with Michael Waltrip Racing, and after his top-five effort at Bristol a couple of weeks ago, a top-10 run Sunday definitely seems possible. Logano will start 10th, and with a 13.8 average finish at Martinsville and four top-15 finishes in his last five starts at the track, he looks like a safe bet to deliver a solid finish Sunday.

Not surprisingly, the Roush Fenway Racing drivers struggled in qualifying. The organization has never been great at Martinsville, and Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards will all start outside the top 20. Fantasy owners are better served saving all three RFR drivers for a different week.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
3
2
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
2
3
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
9
4
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
22
5
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
14
6
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
5
7
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
15
8
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
8
9
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
7
10
Clint Bowyer
15
Toyota 5 Hour Energy Michael Waltrip Racing
4
11
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
10
12
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Auto Parts Michael Waltrip Racing
13
13
Kasey Kahne
5
Chevrolet Farmers Insurance Hendrick Motorsports
1
14
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Best Buy Roush Fenway Racing
21
15
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Subway Roush Fenway Racing
28
16
Brian Vickers
55
Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip Racing
6
17
A.J. Allmendinger
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
27
18
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
20
19
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
26
20
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
18
21
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
12
22
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
11
23
Kurt Busch
51
Chevrolet Tag Heuer Phoenix Racing
40
24
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
17
25
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Clorox Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
32
26
Aric Almirola
43
Ford Medallion Financial Richard Petty Motorsports
19
27
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Kingsford JTG Daugherty Racing
16
28
Casey Mears
13
Ford GEICO Germain Racing
25
29
David Ragan
34
Ford Scorpion Truck Bed Liners Front Row Motorsports
24
30
Travis Kvapil
93
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
34
31
David Reutimann
10
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
29
32
Hermie Sadler
33
Chevrolet TBA Richard Childress Racing
41
33
Ken Schrader
32
Ford 1 Less Than 2 FAS Lane Racing
36
34
David Gilliland
38
Ford MHP Front Row Motorsports
38
35
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
42
36
Landon Cassill
83
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
31
37
Scott Riggs
23
Chevrolet North Texas Pipe R3 Motorsports
33
38
David Stremme
30
Toyota Inception Motorsports Inception Motorsports
39
39
Tony Raines
37
Ford Poynt.com Front Row Motorsports
43
40
Josh Wise
26
Ford 1-800LoanMart Front Row Motorsports
30
41
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota AM FM Energy Wood Stoves NEMCO Motorsports
37
42
Michael McDowell
98
Ford Curb Records Phil Parsons Racing
23
43
Reed Sorenson
74
Chevrolet Turn One Racing Turn One Racing
35
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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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