Fantasy NASCAR rankings: AdvoCare 500

by Brian Polking on September 1, 2012 @ 15:45:06 PDT

 


Jimmie Johnson
Tony Stewart is good at a lot of thing. He wins championships, he wins races, and he throws helmets with precision accuracy. One thing he isn't great at is qualifying. In fact, his pole-winning lap at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday marked just the 14th time in his career that he earned the top spot in qualifying. For comparisons sake, he has gone to Victory Lane 47 times in the Cup Series. Needless to say, Stewart's pole run was a rarity, and it is also a bad omen for the competition. On the rare occasions that he does start up front, "Smoke" tends to finish there, as well.

Recent history also says starting up front at Atlanta is a good thing. The last 15 races at the track have been won by drivers starting 11th or better, and 13 races during that stretch have been won by drivers starting inside the top 10. Stewart has accounted for two of the wins during that span, and he has started 11th or better in all three of his career win at Atlanta.

Of course, Stewart isn't the only driver that has had a lot of success at Atlanta that is starting up front Sunday. Points leader Greg Biffle will join Stewart on the front, and as well as he has run at the 1.5-mile tracks this year, a win is certainly a possibility. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top five in qualifying, and while Kenseth is always one of the best at 1.5-mile tracks, Busch and Gordon are both former winners. In fact, Gordon is the defending winner of this weekend's race. With both Busch and Gordon desperately needing a win to make the Chase, expect both drivers to be very focused this weekend.

Fantasy owners looking for a sleeper starting near the front should consider Marcos Ambrose. He qualified 10th for Sunday's race, and in two of his last three starts at the track, he has finished 11th or better. More importantly, he has been red hot lately. He has four straight top-10s, including three straight top-five finishes, and scored more points than any driver in the series in the month of August. Ambrose has a little momentum on his side to say the least.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Plinker Team
Starting Pos
1
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
8
2
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
2
3
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Best Buy Roush Fenway Racing
4
4
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
1
5
Kasey Kahne
5
Chevrolet Farmers Insurance Hendrick Motorsports
11
6
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
5
7
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
7
8
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
21
9
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Subway Roush Fenway Racing
12
10
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
24
11
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
3
12
Clint Bowyer
15
Toyota 5 Hour Energy Michael Waltrip Racing
30
13
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
35
14
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Auto Parts Michael Waltrip Racing
28
15
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
10
16
Mark Martin
55
Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip Racing
6
17
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
17
18
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
18
19
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Clorox Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
33
20
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
26
21
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
20
22
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
9
23
Kurt Busch
51
Chevrolet Tag Heuer Phoenix Racing
16
24
Sam Hornish Jr.
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
15
25
Regan Smith
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
27
26
Aric Almirola
43
Ford Medallion Financial Richard Petty Motorsports
13
27
Trevor Bayne
21
Ford Motorcraft Wood Brothers Racing
32
28
David Ragan
34
Ford 8-Hour Alert Front Row Motorsports
14
29
Casey Mears
13
Ford GEICO Germain Racing
19
30
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Kingsford JTG Daugherty Racing
25
31
Landon Cassill
83
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
40
32
David Gilliland
38
Ford MHP Front Row Motorsports
29
33
Danica Patrick
10
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
23
34
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
22
35
Travis Kvapil
93
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
41
36
T.J. Bell
32
Ford C&J Energy FAS Lane Racing
42
37
David Stremme
30
Toyota Inception Motorsports Inception Motorsports
31
38
Reed Sorenson
91
Toyota Plinker Tactical Humphrey Smith Racing
38
39
Jason Leffler
49
Toyota Robinson-Blakeney Racing Robinson-Blakeney Racing
34
40
Scott Speed
95
Ford Jordan Truck Sales Leavine Family Racing
36
41
Scott Riggs
23
Chevrolet North Texas Pipe R3 Motorsports
39
42
J.J. Yeley
37
Chevrolet MaxQworkforce.com Max Q Motorsports
43
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota AM FM Energy 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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