Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: GEICO 400

by Brian Polking on September 14, 2013 @ 11:18:26 PDT

 


Jimmie Johnson
Why stray from JJ?

When the week began, championship frontrunners Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth sat atop the driver rankings for the Chase opener at Chicagoland. After both drivers qualified in the top 10 and posted solid teams in practice, the two hold on to the top two spots heading into Sunday's GEICO 400. In fact, the entire top five from the start of the week remains intact.

While the top five drivers in the rankings remain the same, several drivers jump up into the top 10, including Joey Logano. He followed up a pole-winning run Friday with solid practice times Saturday, and he rolls into Sunday's race having scored the most points in the series over the past seven races. Logano also notched a career-best seventh-place finish at Chicagoland last year, and he could improve on that result this weekend.

Jeff Gordon also vaults into the top 10 of the final driver rankings, and he appears to be ready to make the most of his late inclusion in the Chase. He qualified sixth for Sunday's race, and he was impressive on the practice sheets Saturday. Meanwhile, Gordon has eight finishes of 11th or better in 12 starts at Chicagoland, including six finishes of fourth or better.

Outside of the top 10, Martin Truex Jr. is one driver that deserves heavy consideration, especially from owners that can afford to play it safe. He qualified 14th and has practiced in the top 15 throughout the weekend. In addition, Truex has finished in the top 10 in all six races at 1.5-mile tracks this year and has scored the most points of any driver in those events. Truex isn't the best pick for owners looking for a win this weekend, but he should be one of the safer options.

Fantasy owners looking for a sleeper this weekend have plenty of options as A.J. Allmendinger, Juan Pablo Montoya and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. all crack the top 20 in the final rankings. Allmendinger qualified in the top 15 and has finished in the top 15 in three of his four starts at Chicagoland. He has also finished in the top 15 in his last three starts with JTG Daugherty Racing this season. Meanwhile, Montoya qualified a strong third and has five top-20s in six previous starts at the track. Stenhouse also qualified in the top five for Sunday's race, and the rookie enters the event in the middle of his best stretch of the year with top-20 finishes in five straight starts.

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

 

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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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