Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Cheez-It 355 at The Glen

by Brian Polking on August 10, 2013 @ 15:35:00 PDT

 


Considering he is going for a three-peat at Watkins Glen this weekend, Marcos Ambrose was the easy pick to top the driver rankings heading into the weekend. After winning the pole for Sunday's race, he is an even easier choice to remain at the No. 1 spot. In addition to his back-to-back wins at the road course, Ambrose has a series-leading 2.0 average finish in five starts at the track and has never finished worse than third. A dominating performance could be on tap for Ambrose Sunday, and even if he doesn't win, he is the safest bet to deliver a strong finish.

NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer
Bowyer shooting up ranks

Holding on to the No. 2 spot in the rankings heading into race day is Kyle Busch. He already owns an impressive resume at Watkins Glen, and he followed a pair of strong practice sessions Friday with a top-five effort in qualifying. Meanwhile, Busch has finished in the top 10 in his last seven starts at Watkins Glen, winning in 2008 and posting a 5.6 average finish during the stretch.

While Ambrose and Busch simply hold their ground in the rankings, Michael Waltrip Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer both move soundly into the top 10. Both drivers have been fast all weekend, practicing and qualifying in the top five. In fact, Bowyer and Truex will roll off second and third Sunday. Truex also won at Sonoma earlier this year and has finished in the top five in five of his last six starts at Watkins Glen. Bowyer on the other hand has finished 11th or better in three of his last four starts at The Glen, and he won at Sonoma in 2011. Fantasy owners may want to add both to their lineups this weekend.

A.J. Allmendinger also deserves the attention of fantasy owners, and he remains in the top 10 of the driver rankings heading into the weekend. His practice times were solid, and more importantly, Allmendinger qualified fourth. Not to mention the fact that in four starts at Watkins Glen, he has never finished outside the top 15. Allmendinger's 9.0 average finish at the track is the fourth-best in the series, and he has finished in the top 10 in his last two starts at the track. He may be a sleeper most weeks, but he is a starter in all formats this weekend.

Fantasy owners looking for a legitimate sleeper option this weekend may want to consider Michael McDowell. He has had a lot of success at road courses while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series in recent years, and although he is normally a start-and-park driver in the Cup Series, he has a one-race deal with Front Row Motorsports this weekend that will allow him to run for the win. McDowell got his weekend off to a fast start Saturday, qualifying 12th. A top-20 finish isn't out of the question.

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