Fantasy NASCAR Rankings For 2013 Quaker State 400
Fantasy NASCAR Rankings For Quaker State 400
Race: Quaker State 400
Location: Kentucky Speedway
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
Past Winners: Brad Keselowski (2012) Kyle Busch (2011)
2012 Results: 1. Brad Keselowski 2. Kasey Kahne 3. Denny Hamlin 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5. Jeff Gordon 6. Jimmie Johnson 7. Matt Kenseth 8. Martin Truex Jr. 9. A.J. Allmendinger 10. Kyle Busch 11. Kevin Harvick 12. Paul Menard 13. Marcos Ambrose 14. Juan Pablo Montoya 15. Jamie McMurray 16. Clint Bowyer 17. Travis Kvapil 18. Casey Mears 19. Kurt Busch 20. Carl Edwards 21. Greg Biffle 22. Joey Logano 23. David Reutimann 24. Jeff Burton 25. Landon Cassill 26. Aric Almirola 27. Bobby Labonte 28. David Gilliland 29. David Ragan 30. Michael Waltrip
After last week’s road course, fantasy NASCAR fans couldn’t be happier to see the drivers head to the oval track in Kentucky. There may not be as much drama or as many wrecks as in Sonoma last weekend, but the Quaker State 400 will be a classic NASCAR race.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the poll, but it was largely due to the fact that a cloud cooled the track just as he was qualifying. Junior was still able to set a track record of 183.636 MPH, so expect him to be a heavy favorite this week in fantasy circles.
To help you draft this weekend, here are the top-20 fantasy NASCAR drivers for the 2013 Quaker State 400.
20. Ryan Newman
Ryan Newman - Newman has finished inside the top-18 in three straight races.
19. Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch - Busch has struggled lately in Kentucky. He finished 19th in 2012 and will start this year all the way back in 27th.
18. Brian Vickers
Brian Vickers - Vickers may be starting in ninth, but he has an average finish of 26.3 over the last three weeks. Don't put too much stock in BV starting in the top-10 this Saturday in Sparta.
17. Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart – Stewart has yet to crack the top-10 at Kentucky and the fact that he will start this year in 25th won't help his chances.
16. Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne - After finishing sixth last weekend, Kahne will unfortunately have to start outside of the top-20 this Saturday in Sparta.
15. Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. – Truex Jr. may have won Sonoma last weekend, but he is extremely unlikely to have a repeat performance. MTJ will start back in 19th and it will be a struggle for him to crack the top-10 this weekend.
14. Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya – JPM has three top-10 finishes on the year. He will be a strong sleeper this week, especially considering that he finished 14th here last year.
13. Greg Biffle
Greg Biffle – Biffle has finished inside the top-eight in three consecutive races, including wining the Quicken Loans 400. He may struggle to crack the top-10 since he is starting back in 20th this weekend, but a top-15 finish is all but guaranteed for the veteran.
12. Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick – Harvick is another driver that has struggled in Kentucky, as his average finish is 13.5.
11. Joey Logano
Joey Logano – J-Lo has never finished inside the top-13 in Kentucky. He starts this year in 11th, though, so expect that streak to come to an end this Saturday evening.
10. Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth – Kenseth has always raced hard at Kentucky. In 2012 he started 20th to finish seventh and in 2011 he started 13th to finish sixth. This year he will start in 16th, but expect him to quickly make his way to the front of the pack.
9. Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer – Bowyer has finished inside the top-eight in four of the last five races.
8. Marcos Ambrose
Marcos Ambrose – Ambrose started last week’s race in second and he was still resilient enough to finish in seventh. This week he will start in fifth, so expect a similarly impressive showing in Kentucky.
7. Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon – Gordon’s second place finish last week gave him hope to make the Chase this year. He has two top-10 finishes here and will look to continue his hot-streak.
6. Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards – Edwards will start this race in second, and considering that he has two consecutive top-eight finishes, I would say that he is a pretty safe pick.
5. Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin – Hamlin finished third here last year and 11th the year before that. He will start sixth this year, so fantasy owners can expect another amazing showing from the #11 car.
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Junior won the pole in Kentucky and will be around the action all night on Saturday.
3. Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch – Busch has two top-10 finishes on this track, including a victory in 2011.
2. Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski – Keselowski won the race last year after leading 68 laps. However, he also finished seventh in 2011 after leading 79 laps. He has dominated on this track in the past, so expect more of the same this Saturday night.
1. Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson – Johnson has finished inside the top-six twice at Kentucky. He will start this year in third and the five-time champ is extra hungry for a win.