Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: IRWIN Tools Night Race

by Brian Polking on August 23, 2013 @ 18:00:53 PDT

 


Heading into the weekend, five-time Bristol winner Kyle Busch was sitting atop the rankings, and after pacing the field in Happy Hour Friday, it appeared he was going to stay there. However, Busch crashed during his qualifying run, and he will start dead last in a backup car in Saturday night's race. While Kyle drops in the final rankings, his older brother Kurt Busch takes advantage to claim the top spot. He qualified on the outside of the front row and was strong throughout both practice sessions. Not to mention the fact that he is a five-time winner at Bristol and finished fourth at the track earlier this year.

NASCAR driver Brian Vickers
Vickers, MWR a match at Bristol

Holding on to the No. 2 spot in the final rankings is Brad Keselowski. He had a solid 12th-place effort in qualifying and cracked the top 15 in both practice sessions. Meanwhile, he has finished third or better three times in the last four Bristol races, and he has two wins during the stretch.

Two drivers inside the top 10 that move up in the final rankings are Brian Vickers and Denny Hamlin. Vickers qualified fourth and has finished eighth or better in all three starts at Bristol since joining Michael Waltrip Racing. Hamlin on the other hand qualified on the pole and is the defending winner of this weekend's race. Despite the fact that he has been in a horrible slump, it's tough to ignore his potential.

Another driver that jumps up in the final rankings is Joey Logano. On the heels of a sixth-place effort in qualifying, he lands in the top 15 of the final rankings. His record at Bristol has been up and down, but he did finish in the top 10 at Bristol last August. He is also coming off a win last weekend at Michigan, and momentum never hurts.

Fantasy owners looking for a sleeper option this weekend may want to consider Mark Martin. The veteran lands just outside the top 15 in the final rankings, and he has been solid so far in his first start in relief of the injured Tony Stewart. Martin will roll off 11th Saturday night, and while he hasn't raced at Bristol since 2011, he did have three top-12s in his final six starts at the track.

In deeper leagues, David Ragan could be worth a roster spot. He actually topped the charts in the first practice session Friday, and after qualifying in the top 20, he cracks the top 25 in the final rankings. Ragan also finished 21st at Bristol earlier this year, and he appears to have an even faster car this time around. A top-20 isn't out of the question.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make
Sponsor Team
Starting Pos
1
Kurt Busch
78
Chevrolet
Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
2
2
Brad Keselowski
2
Ford
Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
12
3
Matt Kenseth
20
Toyota
Dollar General Joe Gibbs Racing
5
4
Kasey Kahne
5
Chevrolet
Farmers Insurance Hendrick Motorsports
7
5
Clint Bowyer
15
Toyota
5 Hour Energy Michael Waltrip Racing
24
6
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet
Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
13
7
Brian Vickers
55
Toyota
Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip Racing
4
8
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota
M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
43
9
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota
FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
1
10
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota
NAPA Auto Parts Michael Waltrip Racing
9
11
Carl Edwards
99
Ford
Fastenal Roush Fenway Racing
3
12
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet
Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
32
13
Joey Logano
22
Ford
Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
6
14
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet
Diet Mountain Dew Hendrick Motorsports
19
15
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet
Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
15
16
Mark Martin
14
Chevrolet
Bass Pro Shops Stewart-Haas Racing
11
17
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet
Quicken Loans Stewart-Haas Racing
8
18
Greg Biffle
16
Ford
3M Roush Fenway Racing
29
19
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet
Menard's Richard Childress Racing
21
20
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet
McDonald's Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
20
21
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford
Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
14
22
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet
Target Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
16
23
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet
Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
41
24
Aric Almirola
43
Ford
Smithfield Richard Petty Motorsports
10
25
David Ragan
34
Ford
Taco Bell Front Row Motorsports
17
26
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
17
Ford
Best Buy Roush Fenway Racing
27
27
Ryan Truex
51
Chevrolet
Guy Roofing Phoenix Racing
18
28
Casey Mears
13
Ford
GEICO Germain Racing
30
29
David Gilliland
38
Ford
Love's Travel Stops Front Row Motorsports
25
30
David Stremme
30
Toyota
Swan Racing Swan Racing
38
31
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota
Kroger JTG Daugherty Racing
23
32
Travis Kvapil
93
Toyota
Burger King BK Racing
39
33
Danica Patrick
10
Chevrolet
GoDaddy.com Stewart-Haas Racing
22
34
Dave Blaney
7
Chevrolet
GoPro Tommy Baldwin Racing
36
35
Ken Schrader
32
Ford
Federated Auto Parts FAS Lane Racing
35
36
Tony Raines
33
Chevrolet
Honey Nut Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
40
37
J.J. Yeley
36
Chevrolet
United Mining Equipment Tommy Baldwin Racing
34
38
David Reutimann
83
Toyota
Burger King BK Racing
31
39
Landon Cassill
40
Chevrolet
Moon Shine Attitude Attire Humphrey Smith Racing
33
40
Scott Speed
95
Ford
Leavine Family Racing Leavine Family Racing
42
41
Josh Wise
35
Ford
Blockbuster.com Front Row Motorsports
28
42
Michael McDowell
98
Ford
Phil Parsons Racing Phil Parsons Racing
26
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota
AM FM Energy NEMCO-JRR Motorsports
37

 

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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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