Another week, another race. Here we’ll break down all the most important Daily Fantasy NASCAR information in order to drive your success! The information below is provided by DraftKings. The information is not developed or provided by NASCAR, Inc., or its affiliates.
TOP 5 FAVORITES TO WIN
1. Joey Logano – With Martinsville, the rule is that track history is more important than 2015 results. Martinsville is a short, flat track where man trumps machine. The Logano pick flies in the face of this logic. He’s been too good this year and it seems luck is on his side as well. Logano never raced well at Martinsville as part of JGR, but he didn’t do much well back in those those days. In his last three trips to the Paperclip, Logano has three top 5s.
2. Jimmie Johnson – First things first, Hendrick is great at Martinsville. Any Hendrick driver is a great pick this weekend, but Johnson is number one. Johnson has 8 wins at Martinsville and finishes in the top 5 in 67% of his races (1st). Johnson has led 2,747 laps at the Paperclip for an average of 102 laps per race (the next closest driver is Gordon with 83).
3. Denny Hamlin – Talladega knocked Hamlin out of the Chase, so now it’s all about wins. Hamlin has 5 Martinsville wins (3rd), a 69 laps led per race average (3rd), and he won this race in the Spring (120 fantasy points). Hamlin finished 2nd in the Fall New Hampshire race (comparable short, flat track). Outside of terrible luck at Talladega, Hamlin has run really well since August.
4. Matt Kenseth – Another JGR driver that has nothing to lose. Kenseth is mad at the world. He’ll either score 200 points this week, or he’ll wreck Harvick, Logano, and himself in the process. Seriously, the revenge threat is real. Kenseth is not a cash game play. Since switching to JGR, Kenseth has seen marked improvement at this Virginia short track. He’s finished 6th or better in each of his last 4 races at Martinsville.
5. Jeff Gordon – The old timer has been solid over the last couple months. He still hasn’t dominated a race this year, but this might be the week that it changes. A lot of Hendrick’s success at Martinsville is owed to the 24. Like Jimmie, Jeff has 8 wins here. In fact, Jimmie and Jeff’s Martinsville stats mirror each other. Over the last 25 Martinsville race (yes, 25 Martinsville races), Gordon has 22 top 10s.
LONG SHOTS TO SCORE BIG
1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – He’s never had any real success at Martinsville, but he’s never had any success like this before. Stenhouse finished 9th at Talladega and extended his top 20 streak to seven races. New Hampshire is the closest track to Martinsville in shape, size, and banking. Ricky finished inside the top 20 in both New Hampshire races this season.
2. Clint Bowyer – Short flat tracks are Bowyer’s strong suit. MWR has struggled to find top speed at intermediate tracks, but this weekend at a 0.5 mile track, that won’t matter. Martinsville favors driver skill over car speed. Over the last 6 Martinsville races, Bowyer has 5 tops 10s and 5 races with a driver rating above 100.
3. David Ragan – In his last two Martinsville races, Ragan has finished inside the top 10 in both races. The Spring 2015 race was in the 18 JGR car, but the Fall 2014 race was with the small Front Row Motorsports team.
Joey Logano – Three wins in a row. Enough said.
Brad Keselowski – He’s finished inside the top 10 in 10 of the last 12 races. What were the two finishes when BK didn’t make the top 10? A solid 12th and 16th place finish.
Carl Edwards – Over the last 15 races, Edwards has not finished worse than 15th. He’s averaging a 7th place finish over that span.
Denny Hamlin (Spring 2015)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Fall 2014)
Kurt Busch (Spring 2014)
Jeff Gordon (Fall 2013)
Jimmie Johnson (Spring 2013)
PICK TO WIN
Jimmie Johnson – Hendrick dominates Martinsville. Eight of the last nine winners were driving a Hendrick engine. Johnson has the most wins at Martinsville and he doesn’t have to worry about Chase point shenanigans.