Fantasy NASCAR rankings: Bank of America 500

by Brian Polking on October 12, 2012 @ 18:08:49 PDT

 


Kasey Kahne
When the series visited Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, Kasey Kahne won his fourth career race at the 1.5-mile track after starting seventh. In all four of his wins at Charlotte, Kahne has started in the top 10, and it isn't an uncommon trend. Seven of the last 10 races at the track have been won by drivers starting seventh or better, and four winners have started on the front row during the stretch. The correlation has been even more predominant in the fall race at Charlotte with nine of the last 10 winner qualifying in the top 10.

The trend is good news for Greg Biffle, who steamrolled his way to the pole in record breaking fashion. While he has been somewhat up and down at Charlotte throughout his career, he has been reliable as of late. Biffle has four straight top-15s at the track, including a strong fourth-place showing earlier this year. Starting up front, Biffle could be on his way to another top-five performance Saturday night.

Other big names starting in the top 10 that fantasy owners will want to target include Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne. Johnson is a six-time winner at the track, and his 10.7 average finish is the second best among active drivers. Meanwhile, Kahne's four wins at Charlotte since 2006 are the most in the series. Busch and Hamlin have yet to win at Charlotte, but that could change this weekend. Hamlin has four straight top-10s at the track, including a second-place effort in May. Busch, on the other hand, has nine top-10s in his last 10 Charlotte starts, including six finishes of third or better. Last but not least, Kenseth has seven straight top-15s at Charlotte and is the defending winner of this weekend's race.

Owners looking for a sleeper pick may want to grab Joey Logano. He qualified 12th for Saturday's race, and in seven career starts at Charlotte, he has six top-15 finishes. Logano also has four top-10s during the stretch, and his 10.3 average finish leads all active drivers. He could definitely provide a top-15 finish this weekend and maybe even more.

Although qualifying wasn't necessarily kind to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. or Regan Smith, owners should also add those drivers to the list of potential sleepers. Stenhouse finished 11th in his only career start at Charlotte, and he finished a solid 12th in his start at Dover a couple of weeks ago. Meanwhile, Smith was the beneficiary of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s unfortunate concussion, and he will get to pilot the No. 88 for Hendrick Motorsports for at least the next two weeks. In five starts at Charlotte, Smith has four top-20 finishes, and he will easily be behind the wheel of the best equipment he has ever had at the Cup level. A top-15 isn't out of the question for either driver.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Kasey Kahne
5
Chevrolet Farmers Insurance Hendrick Motorsports
10
2
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
9
3
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
5
4
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
8
5
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
13
6
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
20
7
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
1
8
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Best Buy Roush Fenway Racing
7
9
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
11
10
Clint Bowyer
15
Toyota 5 Hour Energy Michael Waltrip Racing
4
11
Mark Martin
55
Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip Racing
2
12
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Subway Roush Fenway Racing
19
13
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
12
14
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Auto Parts Michael Waltrip Racing
6
15
Regan Smith
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
26
16
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
3
17
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
32
18
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
24
19
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
6
Ford Best Buy Roush Fenway Racing
29
20
Sam Hornish Jr.
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
14
21
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
39
22
Kurt Busch
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
21
23
Aric Almirola
43
Ford Medallion Financial Richard Petty Motorsports
17
24
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
18
25
Trevor Bayne
21
Ford Motorcraft Wood Brothers Racing
16
26
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
30
27
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Clorox Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
22
28
A.J. Allmendinger
51
Chevrolet Tag Heuer Phoenix Racing
38
29
David Ragan
34
Ford 8-Hour Alert Front Row Motorsports
25
30
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Kingsford JTG Daugherty Racing
15
31
Landon Cassill
83
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
37
32
David Reutimann
10
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
34
33
Casey Mears
13
Ford GEICO Germain Racing
27
34
Travis Kvapil
93
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
41
35
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
42
36
David Gilliland
38
Ford MHP Front Row Motorsports
36
37
Timmy Hill
32
Ford C&J Energy FAS Lane Racing
40
38
David Stremme
30
Toyota Inception Motorsports Inception Motorsports
31
39
Mike Bliss
19
Toyota Plinker Tactical Humphrey Smith Racing
28
40
Scott Speed
95
Chevrolet North Texas Pipe Leavine Family Racing
23
41
Michael McDowell
98
Ford Curb Records Phil Parsons Racing
33
42
Reed Sorenson
91
Toyota Aquaria USA Humphrey Smith Racing
43
43
J.J. Yeley
37
Ford MaxQMotorsports.com Max Q Motorsports
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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