Thursday, March 27, 2014

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Martinsville is about the racing ... and the hot dogs

Track Classification: Short Track
Similar Tracks: Bristol Motor Speedway • Dover International Speedway 
Phoenix International Raceway • Richmond International Raceway
Distance: 0.526 Mile

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Clint Bowyer - 5
Jeff Gordon - 4
All with 3 - Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman and Jamie McMurray

By Track
All with 6 - Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer
All with 5 - Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
All with 4 - Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle

Recent Pole Winners: 
2013 Jimmie Johnson
2012 Kasey Kahne

The Likely Suspects: Martinsville Speedway is known for great racing, as well as its famous hot dogs. Although 23 drivers have multiple wins at Martinsville, only four active drivers have multiple wins: Jimmie Johnson (eight), Jeff Gordon (eight), Denny Hamlin (four) and Tony Stewart (three). As you may have guessed, Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 21.

Picking these Martinsville greats will enhance your score this week: Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch. Also, if Chad Knaus dials in Jimmie's car, and it appears to glide on the track during practice, you better pick him. When Jimmie is good at this track, he is really good!
My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is tie between two stellar drivers in the Hendrick Motorsports camp: Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Keep in mind that Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch are also fine picks. My next choices are Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Jamie McMurray. I will complete my team with Austin Dillon and Danica Patrick. Enjoy the race!

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