Thursday, March 26, 2015

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Martinsville Racing at the Paper Clip


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
All with 3 - Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth

By Track
Clint Bowyer - 7
Both with 6 - Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Both with 5 - Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth

Recent Pole Winners: 
2014 Kyle Busch
2013 Jimmie Johnson

2013 Flashback
Don't forgot to factor in 2013 statistics at Martinsville when selecting your fantasy picks this week. This year's rules package makes the 2014 statistics less significant and the 2013 numbers much more meaningful.

Top 15 Finishers at Martinsville Speedway on April 7, 2013
  1.  Jimmie Johnson  
  2.  Clint Bowyer  
  3.  Jeff Gordon  
  4.  Kasey Kahne  
  5.  Kyle Busch  
  6.  Brad Keselowski  
  7.  Jamie McMurray
  8.  Marcos Ambrose  
  9.  Greg Biffle
  10.  Mark Martin  
  11.  Brian Vickers   
  12.  Danica Patrick  
  13.  Kevin Harvick  
  14.  Matt Kenseth  
  15.  Carl Edwards  

The Likely Suspects:
 Martinsville Speedway is famous for two things: great racing and those darn hot dogs. Look for some heated moments and these drivers running toward the front this weekend: Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jamie McMurray.
      
My 2 Cents: The key to scoring big this weekend is to earn as many qualifying and laps led bonus points --  just in case your driver gets caught up in havoc on the track which is bound to happen.  My no-brainer pick this week is Jimmie Johnson. He is followed closely by Joey Logano and Jamie McMurray who have good odds in qualifying well, which means extra points.

My next picks are: Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle and A.J. Allmendinger. I will complete my team with Danica Patrick and David Ragan. 

My final four: Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer and David Ragan.

Interesting statistics for consideration:

  • The Coors Light pole is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Martinsville, producing more wins (21) than any other starting position.
  • Twenty-four drivers have multiple wins at Martinsville Speedway, but only five active drivers have multiple wins: Jimmie Johnson (8), Jeff Gordon (8), Denny Hamlin (4), Tony Stewart (3) and Kurt Busch (2).
  • Three active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Martinsville: Jimmie Johnson (6.231), Jeff Gordon (6.841) and Denny Hamlin (8.722).
  • Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 54 victories – including the last eight consecutive races.

 Enjoy the race! Post your comments here or email me at ssfantasyracing@skirtsandscuffs.com 

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