After the week off of NASCAR for Easter, we return for the STP 500, at Martinsville. This short .5 mile track known as the paper clip, provides wear and tear on tires and brakes. Martinsville also proves it tough to make runs from the back. 96 of the previous 134 races have been won from starting inside the top 10. Joey Logano has won pole position for Sunday’s race. Lets get into the picks.
Tier 1 Targets:
Jimmie Johnson – $10,400 – Starting 24th
Well Jimmie has won 2 out of the past 4 weeks, with a 3rd as well. He comes into a track where he has won 8 times. He is starting 24th, so don’t expect a win. He should gain plenty of places and have a solid finish.
Joey Logano – $10,200 – Starting 1st
Joey is coming off of two top 5s in his past 3 starts. He won pole here last year, and finished 3rd. Joey provides as one of the safest options this week.
Denny Hamlin – $10,100 – Starting 8th
Finally returning to form after his Daytona win to open the season off. He has rallied off back to back 3rd place finishes and he has also won this Martinsville event in the Spring of 2015.
Also Consider: Kevin Harvick.
Tier 2 Targets:
Kyle Busch – $9,800 – Starting 7th
After 4 straight Top 5 finishes, Kyle will be looking to bounce back after his front tire blew causing him to finish 26th. Starting 7th gives him room to work his way to the front, and potentially lead some laps.
Matt Kenseth – $9,700 – Starting 9th
A slow start for Matt so far this year, but it should change. Since 2011, Matt Kenseth has led a lap at Martinsville every time he has finished the race. A nice GPP option here.
Also Consider: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch.
Tier 3 Targets:
Carl Edwards – $8,700 – Starting 25th
I like Carl this week because of his potential positions moved up. If he can get inside the Top 10, he can hit value easily. Cash game considerations.
Chase Elliott – $8,000 – Starting 10th
Elliott starts in a good spot to get a few position changes, and should be far enough away to avoid a wreck. At his price point, he should be heavily considered for cash and GPPs.
Kasey Kahne – $7,900 – Starting 2nd
Starting 2nd Kasey has a great chance to lead some laps. The only concern is that an outside top 10 finish will hurt him severely. Play him at your own risk.
Also Consider: Martin Truex Jr.
Ryan Newman – $7,300 – Starting 5th.
Aric Almirola – $6,700 – Starting 20th
Austin Dillon – $6,700 – Starting 29th
Chris Buescher – $5,900 – Starting 36th
Brain Vickers – $5,500 – Starting 3rd
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