Brad Keselowski – Brad Keselowski should be high on your fantasy NASCAR radar at Martinsville. In recent races here he’s performed at an elite level. Over the last four events he has the 2nd best driver rating, 2nd best average finish (3.0), the 2nd best average running position (5.8) and has led the 2nd most laps (224). Last year Keselowski was the class of the field. He won in the spring and should’ve won in the fall. Last fall if there wasn’t late cautions he clearly would’ve won. When the checkered flag waved he finished 4th, earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 2nd place average running position and led 108 laps. Additionally he won Stage #1 and Stage #2. Last spring over long runs nobody was better than Keselowski and that’s the primary reason he won. In addition to finishing first he 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 fall 2016 he had a great car and when the race reached its conclusion he finished 2nd and earned the 6th best driver rating. In spring 2016 he had a strong showing. He earned the 2nd best driver rating and finished 5th. What makes that even more impressive is that he had to overcome a speeding penalty.
Kyle Busch – Kyle Busch has become the premiere performer at Martinsville and on Sunday he’ll be tough to beat. Over the last five races at Martinsville he’s arguably been the best. Over those five events he has 2 wins, the best driver rating, best average finish (2.8), best average running position (4.2) and has led the most laps. His 813 laps led over those events is the best in the series by 446 laps. Last fall Busch had a phenomenal afternoon and raced his way to victory lane. In the race he earned the best driver rating, led the most laps (184), had a 3rd place average running position and finished 2nd in both Stage #1 and #2. It’s important to note that if there wasn’t late cautions he wouldn’t have won. Prior to the late cautions he was poised to finish in 4th. Last spring he 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. In fall 2016 he had a strong car. He earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 4th place average running position and finished 5th. In spring 2016 he had a great car and raced his way to victory lane with relative ease. In the race he earned the best driver rating by a wide margin and led a race high 352 laps. In fall 2015 he had a strong showing and finished 5th despite spinning. On Sunday look for Busch to finish in the top five and be a serious threat to win.
Joey Logano – Joey Logano will be one of the drivers to beat at Martinsville. Since 2014 he’s performed at an elite level and has almost always been top five good, despite what his results show. Over the last 8 races he has the 2nd best driver rating, 2nd best average running position (7.4), has led the 2nd most laps (516) and has a misleading 12.1 average finish. Last fall Logano had a great car but finished a misleading 24th. In the closing laps while he was running in 3rd Kyle Busch had contact with him which cut his tire and ruined his afternoon. Additionally it should be noted Logano started on the pole, finished 3rd in the first two Stages, had a 4th place average running position, earned the 6th best driver rating, and led 59 laps. Last spring he finished 4th and earned the 4th best driver rating. That’s impressive when you take into account he had to overcome a pit penalty around lap 70 while running in 2nd, and on lap 231 while running in 3rd he made an unexpected pit stop under green for a flat tire. In fall 2016 he had a solid showing. He finished 9th, had a 7th place average running position and led 21 laps. In spring 2016 his team missed the setup early which got him lapped, but he rallied back and finished 11th. In fall 2015 it looked like he had the field covered but he was wrecked while leading by Kenseth. Prior to wrecking he led 207 laps.