1) Kyle Busch (Starting – 1st)
Martinsville Fantasy Spin – Kyle Bush will be the driver to beat at Martinsville. He’s a super-elite performer at this half-mile track and over the last six races he has 2 wins, 4 results in the top 2 and has finished in the top five every race. Also over this six race stretch he has the best average finish (2.7), best average running position (4.0), best driver rating and has led the most laps (837). Performing well at short tracks takes a certain driving mentality and this year on this track type nobody has scored more points than Kyle Busch. In practice, Kyle Busch was fast. In practice #1 he had the 5th best ten lap average and the best average speed. In Happy Hour he had the best ten lap average and the 4th best average speed. On Sunday I would look for Busch to finish in the top five and be a serious threat to win.
Martinsville Track History – As you read above, Kyle Busch has consistently performed at a very-high level at Martinsville. Earlier this year he had a great performance. He finished 2nd, earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 3rd place average running position, finished 4th in Stage #1 and 3rd in Stage #2. Last fall he had a great performance and raced his way to victory lane after all the late mayhem ensued. 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. In spring 2017 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 the three Martinsville races prior to that he had results of 1st, 5th and 5th.
DraftKings Price – $11,900 / Fan Duel Price – $14,000
2) Clint Bowyer (Starting – 2nd)
Martinsville Fantasy Spin – Clint Bowyer will be one of the drivers to beat at Martinsville. Martinsville is a great track for him and this spring he easily raced his way to victory lane. Throughout his career at Martinsville minus the years he was in an uncompetitive situation he’s been one of the best default fantasy picks you can make. This year at short tracks he’s been one of the best. On this track type he’s scored the 2nd most points and is one of just two drivers who have finished in the top ten every race. In Happy Hour, Bowyer said he had a strong car and his average speed ranked as the best. In both Practice #1 and Happy Hour his ten lap average ranked as the 3rd best. On Sunday I would look for Bowyer to compete for a top five.
Martinsville Track History – Martinsville has been a great track for Clint Bowyer. He has three straight top tens and in 60% of his starts he’s finished in the top ten. This spring at Martinsville nobody was better than Bowyer and he easily raced his way to victory lane. Over the last Stage he took control of the race and was unchallenged. In addition to finishing 1st he earned the best driver rating, had a 3rd place average running position, led 215 laps, finished 5th in Stage #1 and 2nd in Stage #2. In 2017 he was strong in both races. Last fall he finished 3rd, earned the 5th best driver rating and had a 10th place average running position. Additionally, he finished 9th in Stage #1. In spring 2017 he finished 7th, earned the 10th best driver rating and had a 12th place average running position. Also in the race he finished 10th in Stage #1, and finished just outside the top ten in Stage #2.
DraftKings Price – $9,800 / Fan Duel Price – $11,200