It’s race day at Martinsville Speedway, and we’ve got all the information you need to get ready for Sunday’s First Data 500, the seventh of 10 playoff races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
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The Playoffs are winding down as the Monster Energy Cup Series head to Martinsville Speedway to begin the Round of 8. Eight drivers remain in the running for the Championship Trophy with Kyle Busch still on top of the standings with the Playoff points he earned during the regular season but that gap has shrunk as teammates Martin Truex Jr.(-4) and Denny Hamlin(-9) sit 2nd and 3rd right behind him. Rounding out the Top 8 drivers in standings are Joey Logano(-16), Kevin Harvick(-18), Chase Elliott(-22), Kyle Larson(-35), and Ryan Blaney(-37).
From a fantasy perspective, this race is 500 laps in length putting dominator points right at the top of my wish list this week. Brad Keselowski absolutely dominated here in the Spring leading 446 of the 500 laps but there have been two or more drivers to lead 100+ laps in the previous five races. As it always is, place differential value is hard to judge before qualifying and this week we have another wrench thrown in as qualifying will be Saturday afternoon but the lineup will not be official until after inspection on Sunday morning. Stay tuned as my cheatsheet will be updated following that inspection.
Brad Keselowski returns to Martinsville after dominating the Spring race leading 446 laps. It was his second career win at the track and he has also picked up a Top 10 in nine straight and 12 of his last 15 trips to the track.
No driver has been as consistent as Kyle Busch at the paperclip as he returns with Top 5’s in eight straight races here including two wins(2016, 2017). He has also led 100 or more laps in three of his last five and trails just Keselowski(712-582) in that department overall in those five races.
Martin Truex Jr. is trending towards his first career win here as he returns with Top 10 finishes in four straight and seven of his last nine.
Clint Bowyer won the snow delayed 201 Spring race here and has also been consistent as of late with Top 10’s in four of his last five trips to Martinsville.
Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott are the only other two drivers outside those mentioned above that enter this race with at least four Top 10’s in the last five races going back to the start of the 2017 season.
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