Fantasy NASCAR rankings: AAA Texas 500

by Brian Polking on November 3, 2012 @ 16:30:30 PDT

 


Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Last weekend at Martinsville Speedway, Jimmie Johnson won the pole and went on to win the race. Apparently, he enjoyed it so much that he decided to try to do it again this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. He grabbed the pole for Sunday's race with a blistering lap Friday evening, and recent history says starting up front gives him a leg up on the competition. Five of the last seven winners have started in the top five, including three straight. It's not like Johnson needed much help anyway. He is a former winner at Texas, and he has finished second on five other occasions, including in the spring race earlier this year. After taking the top spot in the standings last weekend, the five-time champ could be stretching his lead this weekend.

Joining Johnson on the front row will be Greg Biffle, and he has all the makings of a strong fantasy option, as well. He has eight straight top-10 finishes at Texas, including four straight top-five finishes. Not to mention the fact that he is gunning for the season sweep at the 1.5-mile oval after outdueling Johnson for the victory in April. In general, Roush Fenway Racing was one of the big winners during qualifying with all three team cars qualifying in the top 10. As stout as Biffle has been at Texas, his teammates Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards have been equally impressive. Kenseth has four straight top-five finishes at the track, including a win last April. Meanwhile, Edwards is a three-time Texas winner, and he has finished eighth or better in his last three starts.

The other big winner was Michael Waltrip Racing. All three MWR drivers qualified 11th or better, led by championship contender Clint Bowyer's fourth-place effort. While his recent performances in the Chase alone are enough to earn him a spot on fantasy rosters, Bowyer has also finished in the top-10 in three of his last four starts at Texas. His teammate Martin Truex Jr. qualified in the top five, as well, and he has back-to-back top-10s at Texas. Last but not least, veteran Mark Martin has finished sixth or better in five of his last seven starts at the track, including a third-place run earlier this year.

Between RFR and MWR, fantasy owners have six cars starting in the top 11 with a proven history of success at Texas, and that doesn't even include the pole-sitter Johnson and fellow title contender Brad Keselowski, who qualified eighth. However, owners looking for a couple of sleeper options may want to consider Trevor Bayne and Aric Almirola. Bayne qualified seventh and has finished 17th in three of his four Cup starts at Texas. Almirola, on the other hand, has been on a roll lately. He finished 12th at Charlotte, was fighting for the lead at Kansas and finished fourth last weekend at Martinsville. Both drivers could crack the top 15 this weekend.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
1
2
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
2
3
Matt Kenseth
17
Ford Best Buy Roush Fenway Racing
10
4
Brad Keselowski
2
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
8
5
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
12
6
Kasey Kahne
5
Chevrolet Farmers Insurance Hendrick Motorsports
13
7
Clint Bowyer
15
Toyota 5 Hour Energy Michael Waltrip Racing
4
8
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
3
9
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Subway Roush Fenway Racing
9
10
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
16
11
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Auto Parts Michael Waltrip Racing
5
12
Mark Martin
55
Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip Racing
11
13
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Mountain Dew AMP Energy Hendrick Motorsports
19
14
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Office Depot Stewart-Haas Racing
21
15
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
23
16
Joey Logano
20
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing
6
17
Aric Almirola
43
Ford Medallion Financial Richard Petty Motorsports
14
18
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
27
19
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
15
20
Sam Hornish Jr.
22
Dodge Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
17
21
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet U.S. Army Stewart-Haas Racing
36
22
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Clorox Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
25
23
Kurt Busch
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
18
24
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
24
25
Trevor Bayne
21
Ford Motorcraft Wood Brothers Racing
7
26
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
22
27
A.J. Allmendinger
51
Chevrolet Tag Heuer Phoenix Racing
26
28
Casey Mears
13
Ford GEICO Germain Racing
20
29
David Ragan
34
Ford 8-Hour Alert Front Row Motorsports
33
30
Danica Patrick
10
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
32
31
Travis Kvapil
93
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
38
32
Landon Cassill
83
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
41
33
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Kingsford JTG Daugherty Racing
29
34
Dave Blaney
36
Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing
40
35
David Gilliland
38
Ford MHP Front Row Motorsports
30
36
Ken Schrader
32
Ford C&J Energy FAS Lane Racing
42
37
J.J. Yeley
37
Chevrolet MaxQworkforce.com Max Q Motorsports
28
38
Mike Bliss
19
Toyota Plinker Tactical Humphrey Smith Racing
34
39
Scott Speed
95
Chevrolet TBD Leavine Family Racing
31
40
Michael McDowell
98
Ford Curb Records Phil Parsons Racing
37
41
Reed Sorenson
91
Toyota Aquaria USA Humphrey Smith Racing
39
42
Josh Wise
26
Ford MDS Transport Front Row Motorsports
35
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota AM/FM Energy NEMCO Motorsports
43
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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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