Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Bank of America 500

by Brian Polking on October 11, 2013 @ 17:01:50 PDT

 


When the Cup Series visited Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, Kevin Harvick ended up celebrating in victory lane. After qualifying second and turning fast laps in practice at the track this weekend, he slides into the No. 1 spot in the final driver rankings as he tries for the season sweep. Harvick has two wins in his last six starts at Charlotte and has scored more points than any other driver in the series at 1.5-mile tracks this year. He looks like an excellent fantasy play in all formats this weekend.

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Harvick climbs up ranks

While Harvick moves into the top spot, Kyle Busch climbs into the top three in the final rankings. Busch qualified in the top 10 Thursday night and was excellent in practice Friday, topping the charts in one of the sessions. Meanwhile, he has finished eighth or better in 10 of his last 12 starts at Charlotte and has six finishes of third or better during the stretch. Busch looks like a safe bet to challenge for the win this weekend.

Jeff Gordon also appears to be a legit contender, and he vaults into the top five in the final driver rankings on the heels of a pole-winning lap Thursday and a strong showing in Friday's practices. Gordon actually hasn't had a lot of luck at Charlotte recently, posting just one top-10 in his last six starts. However, he clearly has a fast car and is definitely worth a spot on fantasy rosters this weekend.

Outside of the top five, Kurt Busch and Joey Logano are two drivers with a lot of upside. Both drivers qualified in the top 12, and while Busch practiced in the top five, Logano was consistently in the top 10. Meanwhile, Busch finished a strong third at Charlotte earlier this year and has three top-four finishes in his last seven starts at the track. Logano, on the other hand, finished fifth at Charlotte in May and owns a series-leading 9.6 average finish at the track.

Rounding out the top 10 in the final rankings is Brad Keselowski, and despite a mediocre record at Charlotte and a lackluster qualifying effort, his car was one of the best on the track in race trim. Keselowski cracked the top five in both practice sessions Friday, and fantasy owners willing to overlook his past results at Charlotte could be rewarded nicely this weekend.

In terms of sleeper options, Juan Pablo Montoya could be the best of the bunch. He qualified in the top 10 and showed plenty of speed on both short and long runs in practice Friday. Montoya has also posted six straight top-20 finishes at Charlotte, so he has been serviceable at the track anyway. Given the practice times, a top-15 finish is a real possibility for Montoya this weekend.

In deeper leagues, Montoya's Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammate Kyle Larson could make a solid play. He is making his Cup Series debut this weekend, and he qualified just outside the top 20 and practiced around the top 20, as well. Larson has enjoyed immediate success in just about every series he has raced in, so he might end up sneaking into the top 20 by the end of the race Saturday night at Charlotte.

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