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25. A.J. Allmendinger, #47 Kingsford/Clorox, JTG Daugherty Racing [Yahoo Class B]

Give Allmendinger some credit. He was able to secure a full-time ride with JTG Daugherty Racing in 2014 just two years after losing his Cup ride with Team Penske because of a positive drug test. Granted, he will likely have a tough picking up where he left off while driving for a single-car operation, but in a few spot starts for JTG last year, he showed consistent top-25 results with top-15 upside. Allmendinger should be on the radar as a sleeper option this season.

26. Marcos Ambrose, #9 Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools, Richard Petty Motorsports [Yahoo Class B]

Ambrose is coming off a miserable season when he failed to record a single top-5 finish and finished outside the top 20 in points for the first time since 2010. After showing signs of becoming more than just a road course ace the past couple of years, his sizeable step backward casts serious doubts about whether he will ever figure things out at oval tracks. At this point, Ambrose can't be counted on outside of the road course events.

27. Justin Allgaier, #51 Brandt, HScott Motorsports [Yahoo Class C]

He is part of a loaded rookie class, and while Allgaier doesn't bring the name recognition of some of his fellow first-year drivers, he could still make an impact for fantasy owners. Allgaier is set to drive the No. 51 Phoenix Racing entry, and new owner Harry Scott Jr. has spent a lot of money in the offseason to upgrade the equipment. The team also landed a sponsor and signed veteran crew chief Steve Addington to work with Allgaier. Scott wants this team to be competitive, and Allgaier should be the beneficiary. He was a consistent top-10 driver in the Nationwide Series, and he could be a sneaky sleeper pick in 2014.

28. Danica Patrick, #10 GoDaddy.com, Stewart-Haas Racing [Yahoo Class C]

Patrick finished in the top 10 in the Daytona 500 last year and never recorded another top-10 the rest of the year en route to a 27th-place finish in the standings. Needless to say, her rookie season was largely forgettable. She drives full time for a championship-caliber organization so she does have some value, but don't expect a lot of improvement in 2014.

29. David Ragan, #34 CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch, Front Row Motorsports [Yahoo Class B]

He has emerged as a fantasy stud at the restrictor plate tracks, and Ragan won at Talladega last year. Unfortunately, he struggled just about everywhere else, making him a much more valuable option in leagues that allow weekly changes as opposed to leagues where you draft your team at the start of the year.


30. Parker Kligerman, #30 Swan Energy, Swan Racing [Yahoo Class C]

Kligerman made a couple of Cup starts at the end of last season for Swan Racing, and after debuting with a surprise top-20 finish, he landed a full-time ride with the team in 2014. He is inexperienced, but he was the second-highest finishing rookie in the Nationwide Series last year. Meanwhile Swan Racing landed some investors in the offseason, and the organization is expected to upgrade its equipment. Kligerman will almost certainly be inconsistent, but he has already shown he can deliver a top-20 finish on occasion. At the very least, keep an eye on him heading into 2014.

 
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I grew up in a racing family, and I spent my childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky. NASCAR became a passion of mine at an early age as well, and I have been following the sport ever since I can remember. While I earned my degree in journalism at Ohio State University, I began writing about NASCAR for several Web sites in 2005. I became head editor of the NASCAR section for Fanball.com and FantasyCup.com in 2008 and was a finalist for the Fantasy Sports Writer's Association NASCAR Writer of the Year in 2009. My knowledge of NASCAR stems from my lifelong love of the sport, and I believe that passion shows through in every article I write.