Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: FedEx 400

by Brian Polking on June 1, 2013 @ 13:11:53 PDT

 


Jimmie Johnson

No driver has spent more time at the front of the field this season than Matt Kenseth, and he is at the front of the field in the final set of driver rankings at Dover. After qualifying in the top five Friday, Kenseth topped the charts in the first practice Saturday. Meanwhile, his eight top-five finishes at Dover in the last 10 races at the track are the most in the series, and he has finished seventh or better in the last eight June races at Dover. Kenseth has been a fantasy stud all year, and he is on track to deliver another excellent performance for owners this weekend.

While Kenseth jumped to the top of the rankings, Kevin Harvick moved into the top five. Not only has he picked up two wins in the last four races leading up to Dover, but he has also been dialed in at the concrete oval. Harvick has finished in the top 15 in his last seven starts at Dover, including a second-place finish last June. Throw in a rare top-10 effort in qualifying, and a strong showing could be on tap for a driver that is already one of the more reliable options on a weekly basis.

Another driver that moved up the final rankings was Denny Hamlin. Granted, Dover has been one of his worst tracks throughout his career, but it is tough to ignore what he has been doing this weekend. After capturing the pole Friday, Hamlin practiced in the top 10 Saturday. He has also finished in the top five in both of his starts since returning from a back injury so he is clearly focused on making up for lost time. Hamlin's overall numbers at Dover aren't attractive, but he could definitely be worth taking a chance on this weekend.

Although he didn't move into the top 10, Ryan Newman did crack the top 15 and is worthy of consideration from fantasy owners this weekend. He hasn't had much success at Dover lately, but he is a three-time winner at the track. Newman also qualified fifth for Sunday's race, and showed a lot of speed on longer runs during practice Saturday. Even if Newman doesn't recapture his winning form from his early years, he could still help out fantasy owners by battling for a top-10.

While Newman is looking like a possible sleeper play, Marcos Ambrose's sleeper potential took a serious hit. He qualified a dismal 33rd Friday and ranked outside the top 25 in practice Saturday. Yes, he does have three top-10s in his last four starts at Dover, but seeing as how he has never been the most consistent driver in the series, it is tough to trust that he will be able to navigate from the back of the field to the front with a car that doesn't appear dialed in. Fantasy owners may want to look elsewhere if they have other options.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Matt Kenseth
20
Toyota Dollar General Joe Gibbs Racing
4
2
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
24
3
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
3
4
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
7
5
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Fastenal Roush Fenway Racing
18
6
Kasey Kahne
5
Chevrolet Farmers Insurance Hendrick Motorsports
11
7
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
1
8
Brad Keselowski
2
Ford Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
8
9
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Auto Parts Michael Waltrip Racing
2
10
Clint Bowyer
15
Toyota 5 Hour Energy Michael Waltrip Racing
15
11
Kurt Busch
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
13
12
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew Hendrick Motorsports
12
13
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
20
14
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet Quicken Loans Stewart-Haas Racing
5
15
Mark Martin
55
Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip Racing
6
16
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
19
17
Joey Logano
22
Ford Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
9
18
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet McDonald's Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
10
19
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Stewart-Haas Racing
22
20
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
17
Ford Best Buy Roush Fenway Racing
23
21
Aric Almirola
43
Ford Smithfield Richard Petty Motorsports
30
22
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Target Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
14
23
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
16
24
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
29
25
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
33
26
Austin Dillon
51
Chevrolet Guy Roofing Phoenix Racing
25
27
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Kroger JTG Daugherty Racing
26
28
David Ragan
34
Ford Detail Doctor Front Row Motorsports
35
29
Travis Kvapil
93
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
38
30
Danica Patrick
10
Chevrolet GoDaddy.com Stewart-Haas Racing
39
31
Casey Mears
13
Ford GEICO Germain Racing
17
32
David Gilliland
38
Ford Love's Travel Stops Front Row Motorsports
28
33
Landon Cassill
33
Chevrolet Honey Nut Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
21
34
David Reutimann
83
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
27
35
Dave Blaney
7
Chevrolet Florida Lottery Tommy Baldwin Racing
37
36
David Stremme
30
Toyota Swan Racing Swan Racing
34
37
Mike Bliss
19
Toyota Plinker Tactical Humphrey Smith Racing
32
38
Timmy Hill
32
Ford C & J Energy Services FAS Lane Racing
42
39
J.J. Yeley
36
Chevrolet Golden Corral Tommy Baldwin Racing
40
40
Scott Riggs
44
Ford No Label Xxxtreme Motorsports
43
41
Josh Wise
35
Ford Blockbuster.com Front Row Motorsports
41
42
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota AM FM Energy NEMCO-JRR Motorsports
36
43
Michael McDowell
98
Ford Ambient Edge HVAC Phil Parsons Racing
31

 

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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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