1) Kyle Busch (Starting – 10th)
Martinsville Fantasy Spin – Kyle Busch is the defending champion of the spring Martinsville race and on Sunday you can count on him to have another strong showing. In recent Martinsville races he ranks as one of the strongest performers. Entering the weekend he has a Martinsville three race top five finish streak, you can’t say that about anyone else. In Happy Hour Kyle Busch had a fast car that was good over long runs. In that session he had the best 10 and 20 lap averages. On Sunday look for Kyle Busch to finish in the top five, and compete for the win.
Martinsville Track History – Martinsville has been a good track for Kyle Busch and in 48% percent of his starts he’s finished in the top five. As you read above currently he has three straight top fives. Over this three race stretch he has the best driver rating, best average finish (3.7), best average running position (5.0) and has led the most laps (355). Last fall he ran very well and when the race reached it’s conclusion he earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 4th place average running position and finished 5th. In spring 2016 he was dominant and raced his way to victory lane. Additionally in that race he earned the best driver rating and led 352 laps. In fall 2015 he spun after finding a wet spot on the track but rallied to finish 5th.
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2) Brad Keselowski (Starting – 4th)
Martinsville Fantasy Spin – Brad Keselowski will be a factor at Martinsville. He’s never won here in the past but he’s been knocking on the door to victory lane having finished runner-up in 2 of the last 4 races. His body of work over the last four Martinsville races is one of the best in the series. One attribute you have to like about Brad Keselowski entering the weekend is his momentum. Over the last four races this season he has a 3.3 average finish and has scored the 2nd most points. At Martinsville look for Keselowski to run extremely well and compete for a top five.
Martinsville Track History – Brad Keselowski has run very well in recent Martinsville races and over the last four he’s been top five good performance wise. Last fall Keselowski had a strong showing and when the checkered flag waved he finished runner-up and earned the 6th best driver rating. In spring 2016 he overcame a speeding penalty to finish 5th and earn the 2nd best driver rating. In fall 2015 he had a great car that had top five potential but finished 32nd after getting involved in a multi-car accident with 66 laps to go shortly after a restart. Despite missing over a tenth of the race Keselowski earned the 5th best driver rating, had an 8th place average running position and led the second most laps (143). In spring 2015 Keselowski finished runner-up on Hamlin’s bumper, he could’ve won if he would’ve moved him out of the way. From that race he earned the 4th best driver rating and led 18 laps.
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Further Recommended Reading – Martinsville Practice Notes/ Practice Speeds Center, Starting Lineup, DraftKings Start page, Yahoo Start Page, PROS Rankings, PROS Rankings Extended, Asterisk Mark Report, Scouting Report
3) Denny Hamlin (Starting – 12th)
Martinsville Fantasy Spin – Denny Hamlin will be tough to beat at Martinsville. He ranks as one of the strongest performers at “The Paper Clip” and he’s always a threat to win. In recent Martinsville races he’s run extremely well. If Hamlin didn’t have problems last spring while running in 5th he would likely have a 4 race top five finish streak. One attribute I really like about Hamlin is that he’s one of the best drivers at taking care of his equipment and pacing his car over long runs, I think that will be very important this weekend. Look for Hamlin to have a strong showing on Sunday and compete for a top five and perhaps the win.
Martinsville Track History – Martinsville is a great track for Denny Hamlin and ranks as one of his best. In his career he has five wins, has finished in the top five 55% percent of the time and in the top ten 77% percent of the time. In recent Martinsville races he’s run very well. In 3 of the last 4 he’s finished in the top three. Last fall he had a good car, when the checkered flag waved he finished 3rd, earned the 5th best driver rating and led 48 laps. In spring 2016 he finished a misleading 38th after wheel hopping in a turn and crashing hard while running in 5th. In 2015 he had a stellar season. That fall he got an early speeding penalty and a late speeding penalty but rallied to finish 3rd. In spring 2015 he had a fast car and raced his way to victory lane. Additionally in that race he earned the best driver rating and led 91 laps.
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