Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Brickyard 400

by Brian Polking on July 27, 2013 @ 15:10:43 PDT

 


Jimmie Johnson

With four wins in the last seven races at Indianapolis, Jimmie Johnson was going to be tough to dethrone from the top spot in the driver rankings heading into the weekend activities. After posting fast lap times in practice and qualifying on the outside of the front row, he easily holds on to the No. 1 ranking heading into Sunday's race. Three of Johnson's four wins at Indianapolis have come when he qualifies sixth or better, and he appears primed for another chance to kiss the bricks this weekend.

Sliding in behind Johnson in the final rankings is Tony Stewart. The Indiana native is a two-time winner at the Brickyard, and his 8.2 average finish at the track is the best in the series. Stewart has also posted eight top-10s in his last nine starts at Indianapolis and has yet to finish outside the top 10 at the track since joining Stewart-Haas Racing. He will roll off fifth Sunday, and a top-five finish and a trip to victory lane is a real possibility.

A victory also looks like a possibility for Kasey Kahne this weekend, and he vaults into the top 10 on the strength of strong practice times and a top-10 qualifying effort. Granted, his only top-five finishes at Indianapolis came in his first two starts, but he does have six top-15 finishes in nine career starts. More importantly, Kahne will be making his second start at Indy for a Hendrick Motorsports organization that has been dominant at the track. Don't be surprised if Kahne has one of his best runs at Indianapolis this weekend.

Another driver that jumps into the top 10 in the final rankings is Juan Pablo Montoya. The former Indianapolis 500 winner paced the field in the first practice session of the weekend, and he followed up a solid set of practices with a top-10 effort in qualifying. Montoya is no stranger to success at Indy in a Cup car, either. He finished second at the track in his rookie season, and he had the 2009 event won until a speeding penalty on pit road derailed an otherwise dominant performance. Yes, Montoya has cracked a bit under the pressure of Indianapolis in the past, but no sleeper option has a better chance at getting to victory lane this weekend.

Fantasy owners in deeper leagues looking for a sleeper option may want to consider Austin Dillon. The youngster cracks the top 25 in the final driver rankings thanks to a solid showing in practice, which included the third-fastest lap in the opening session. Dillon has already shown flashes of his potential in a Cup car this year, finishing as high as 11th and posting consistent top-25 finishes. He shouldn't kill fantasy rosters this weekend, and he could deliver a top-15 finish.

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

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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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