Jamie McMurray Fantasy Racing

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Jamie McMurray – Martinsville is a great track for Jamie McMurray. He runs extremely well here and is almost always a top ten contender. In his career at Martinsville he’s finished in the top ten 52% percent of the time, at no other track is he better in that statistic. In recent Martinsville races he’s been pretty competitive. This spring he had a fast car but finished a misleading 38th after wrecking. He ran as high as 2nd and was easily top ten good until he wrecked on lap 106 while running in 9th. On lap 100, six laps before his severe tire rub started, he was running in 7th. In 3 of the 4 Martinsville races prior to that he finished in the top ten. Last fall McMurray had a solid showing. He finished 8th, earned the 9th best driver rating and had a 10th place average running position. In spring 2016 he didn’t run well and I would chalk that but to the new rules package throwing his team a curve ball. In that race he had a 20th place average running position and finished 23rd. In fall 2015 he had one of his top five results and finished runner-up. In addition to finishing 2nd he earned the 3rd best driver rating and had a 6th place average running position. In spring 2015 he finished 10th. (Yahoo B Driver)

Ryan Blaney – Ryan Blaney is a sleeper option at Martinsville. His track record is very poor having finished 19th or worse in all three of his events. This spring he had his worst result and finished 25th. That’s a misleading result. He showed a lot of speed at times in the race. In the event he finished 7th in Stage #1, 5th in Stage #2 and earned the 9th best driver rating. I’ll note his race wasn’t incident free. With 196 laps to go he had to make an unexpected pit stop for a tire rub. There was no recovering from that. In 2016 he wasn’t good in either race and had a pair of 19th place finishes. (Yahoo B Driver)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. –  Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a former Martinsville winner who’s worth a roll of the dice this weekend. He won this race in 2014, and in 5 of the last 7 races he’s finished in the top 14. This spring he showed top ten potential but finished 34th because his race wasn’t incident free. His first problem happened when he spun on lap 122 while running in 10th. He rebounded from that and at the end of Stage #2 he finished 6th. Later in the race he was involved in a multi-car wreck that led to his poor result. Last fall at Martinsville, Earnhardt Jr. missed the race due to injury. In spring 2016 he earned the 12th best driver rating and finished 14th. That’s very respectable when you consider he had a cut tire and spun on lap 5 which dropped him off the lead lap and back to last. In 4 of the 5 Martinsville races prior to that he finished in the top ten. In fall 2015 he finished 4th, earned the 9th best driver rating and had a 13th place average running position. In spring 2015 he was top ten good but he had multiple problems and his race ended after being collected in the “Big One” which led to his 36th place finish. In 2014 at Martinsville he had results of 1st and 3rd. (Yahoo A Driver)

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