MARTINSVILLE, Va. — NASCAR returns to its roots this weekend for the STP 500 at historic Martinsville Speedway. Martinsville Speedway is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Even though the track is the same configuration it was when it was first paved in 1955, just about everything else has changed over the years.
One would be foolish to overlook Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin. Johnson and Hamlin have nine and five career wins at Martinsville, respectively. Johnson won this race last fall and Hamlin is consistently quick here. Kyle Busch has been fast all weekend and won this race a year ago.
If you’re looking for a solid value this weekend, I believe Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is worth a look. He’ll roll off 21st and has a DraftKings value of $8,600. Considering Martinsville is one of his better tracks, I believe he could make some noise and score some fantasy points. Aric Almirola looked competitive in practice and could be in line for a big fantasy points day. At just DK $7,100, he becomes a solid value play.
Ones to Watch:
AJ Allmendinger is one to watch this weekend. Five of his last six finishes at the paperclip are 11th or better, including a runner-up finish in this race last year. He’ll start deep in the field due to qualifying being rained out. At $8,300 and a high potential for place differential points, I believe he’s worth a look this weekend.
Although the race will likely go through Johnson and Hamlin like it usually does here, Kyle Busch may have the car to beat. He was fast throughout practice and could be a threat to win. Martin Truex, Jr. is another solid choice for the win.
Disclaimer: Remember, these are just my opinions as far as who I think will perform well and you should still do your own research before setting your team. At the end of the day, you’re responsible for your own team and remember: anything can happen in racing.
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