1) Brad Keselowski
Bottom Line – Brad Keselowski will be tough to beat at Martinsville. He raced his way to victory lane this spring, and he’s finished in the top five in 4 of the last 5 races. The one race over this stretch he didn’t finish in the top five he led 143 laps but was taken out in a restart wreck. This spring over long runs nobody was better than Keselowski. When the checkered flag waved he finished first, earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 5th place average running position and led 116 laps. What makes that even more impressive is that around lap 70 while he was leading he was caught speeding on pit road which dropped him to the back. In 2016 Keselowski had results of 2nd and 5th. In Happy Hour Keselowski had the 4th best ten lap average. On Sunday look for Keselowski to finish in the top five and compete for the win.
Yahoo A / DraftKings $9,600
2) Kyle Busch
Bottom Line – Kyle Busch is a strong performer at Martinsville. He runs extremely well here and has four straight top fives. Over this four race stretch he has the best driver rating, best average finish (3.3), best average running position (4.5) and has led the most laps (629). At Martinsville in 50% percent of his starts he’s finished in the top five. This spring Busch had a great car. He earned the best driver rating, finished 2nd, had a 3rd place average running position and led 274 laps. Additionally he finished 3rd in Stage #1, and would’ve won Stage #2 if Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn’t nudge him at the end. Last fall Busch ran well and finished 5th. In spring 2016 he had the field covered, he led 352 laps and raced his way to victory lane. In practice Busch had a fast car and had the best ten lap average in both Practice #1 and Happy Hour. On Sunday look for Busch to finish in the top five and compete for the win.
Yahoo A / DraftKings $9,600
3) Denny Hamlin
Bottom Line – Denny Hamlin is an elite Martinsville performer who should be on your short list of favorites. At Martinsville he’s a five-time winner who’s finished in the top five 52% percent of the time, and in the top ten 74% percent of the time. At Martinsville he’s been “Mr. October.” In the fall races dating back to 2005 he has a 6.8 average finish and has had a result in the top 12 every race. This spring he had a good car but finished 30th. He finished 2nd in Stage #2, but during that pit stop he had problems which put him back in traffic which led to him wrecking. Last fall Hamlin had a strong showing. He finished 3rd, earned the 5th best driver rating, had a 7th place average running position and led 48 laps. In spring 2016 he had a great car but finished 39th after wheel hopping and crashing hard while running in 5th. In 2015 Hamlin had a great year having finished 3rd in the fall, and first in the spring. On Sunday look for Hamlin to finish in the top five and compete for the win.
Yahoo A / DraftKings $9,200