Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Camping World RV Sales 301

by Brian Polking on July 13, 2013 @ 13:01:00 PDT

 


NASCAR driver Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch quietly climbing board

After appearing to qualify on the front row for Sunday's race at New Hampshire, Jimmie Johnson was on track to grab the top spot in the final rankings. However, the three-time track winner's car ended up failing post-qualifying inspection, forcing him to start from the rear of the field and forcing him to settle for No. 2 in the final rankings. Instead, Denny Hamlin retains his spot atop the rankings after a top-10 qualifying effort on top of his incredible numbers at the track. Hamlin leads all drivers with a 7.9 average finish at New Hampshire is the best in the series, and he has finished sixth or better eight times in 14 starts, including four finishes of third or better in his last five starts.

While starting deep in the field isn't a death sentence for a driver's fantasy value, track position does count for something. As a result, Brad Keselowski slides into the top five in the final rankings following his pole-winning run Friday. Of course, he was already a legitimate fantasy option even before setting a new track record in qualifying. Keselowski has finished sixth or better in his last three starts at New Hampshire, posting a 4.3 average finish during the stretch. A similar performance appears to be on tap this weekend.

Kurt Busch is another driver that has impressed all weekend, and he moves up into the top 10 in the final rankings. After qualifying on the front row Friday, he topped the charts in practice Saturday. Keep in mind that Busch is already a three-time winner at New Hampshire, and he has finished sixth or better five times in his last six starts at the track. Throw in the fact that he has seven top-15s in the eight races leading up to New Hampshire, and there is a lot to love about Busch this weekend.

Another driver that jumps into the top 10 in the final driver rankings is Dale Earnhardt Jr. He qualified third for Sunday's race and continued to post solid time in practice Saturday. Meanwhile, he has finished in the top 15 in five of his last six starts at New Hampshire and has finished eighth or better three times during the stretch. Junior might not win this weekend, but he should make a solid addition to fantasy rosters in just about any format.
Outside of the top 10, Martin Truex Jr. is one driver that fantasy owners need to pay attention to. He lands in the top 15 of the final rankings, and despite a mediocre qualifying effort, his strong practice times are encouraging. Not to mention the fact that he has a 14.9 average finish at New Hampshire so he is no stranger to delivering decent finishes at the track. At worse, fantasy owners will probably get a top-15 finish out of Truex, and his practice times suggest an even bigger day could be in store.

As far as sleeper options go, Juan Pablo Montoya might have the most upside. He earns a spot in the top 20 of the final rankings, and he qualified and has practiced in the top 10 all weekend. Granted, his 20.2 average finish at New Hampshire isn't that impressive, but he has had a couple of top-10 finishes at the track and has had some success at flat tracks throughout his Cup career. Owners willing to gamble on Montoya could be rewarded a surprisingly strong finish.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
7
1
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet McDonald's Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
11
2
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
43
3
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
5
4
Kasey Kahne
5
Chevrolet Farmers Insurance Hendrick Motorsports
8
5
Brad Keselowski
2
Ford Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
1
6
Matt Kenseth
20
Toyota Dollar General Joe Gibbs Racing
12
7
Kurt Busch
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
2
8
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew Hendrick Motorsports
3
9
Clint Bowyer
15
Toyota 5 Hour Energy Michael Waltrip Racing
20
10
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
4
11
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
18
12
Tony Stewart
14
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Stewart-Haas Racing
16
13
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Fastenal Roush Fenway Racing
6
14
Brian Vickers
55
Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip Racing
13
15
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Auto Parts Michael Waltrip Racing
19
16
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
22
17
Joey Logano
22
Ford Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
25
18
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet Quicken Loans Stewart-Haas Racing
15
19
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Target Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
10
20
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
9
22
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
17
Ford Best Buy Roush Fenway Racing
23
23
A.J. Allmendinger
51
Chevrolet Guy Roofing Phoenix Racing
26
24
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
14
25
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
21
26
Aric Almirola
43
Ford Smithfield Richard Petty Motorsports
17
27
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Kroger JTG Daugherty Racing
33
28
Danica Patrick
10
Chevrolet GoDaddy.com Stewart-Haas Racing
32
29
David Ragan
34
Ford Taco Bell Front Row Motorsports
29
30
Casey Mears
13
Ford GEICO Germain Racing
28
31
Travis Kvapil
93
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
31
32
Landon Cassill
33
Chevrolet Honey Nut Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
36
33
J.J. Yeley
36
Chevrolet United Mining Equipment Tommy Baldwin Racing
40
34
David Gilliland
38
Ford Love's Travel Stops Front Row Motorsports
24
35
David Reutimann
83
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
27
36
Dave Blaney
7
Chevrolet GoPro Tommy Baldwin Racing
39
37
David Stremme
30
Toyota Swan Racing Swan Racing
42
38
Ken Schrader
32
Ford Federated Auto Parts FAS Lane Racing
37
39
Josh Wise
35
Ford Blockbuster.com Front Row Motorsports
35
40
Mike Bliss
19
Toyota Plinker Tactical Humphrey Smith Racing
34
41
Michael McDowell
98
Ford Phil Parsons Racing Phil Parsons Racing
30
42
Morgan Shepherd
52
Toyota Support Millitary Brian Keselowski Motorsports
41
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota AM FM Energy NEMCO-JRR Motorsports
38

 

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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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