NASCAR Picks for Martinsville
Joey Logano, #22 Shell-Pennzoil, Penske Racing [Yahoo Class B]
He has five straight top-20 finishes at Martinsville, and Logano has finished in the top 15 four times during the stretch (including a second-place run). He has been an underrated flat track driver in his career, and he could help fantasy teams this weekend.
Martin Truex, Jr., #56 NAPA Auto Parts, Michael Waltrip Racing [Yahoo Class B]
His 22.8 average finish isn't overly impressive, but Truex has a couple of things going for him this weekend. He has top-10 finishes in two of his last four starts at Martinsville, and he is off to a solid start in 2012. Truex has momentum and confidence on his side, and he has yet to finish worse than 17th in 2012.
A.J. Allmendinger, #51 Phoenix Racing, Phoenix Racing [Yahoo Class C]
Allmendinger's Penske Racing career hasn't gotten off to a great start, but there could be some light at the end of the tunnel this weekend. He has finished in the top 15 in three straight starts at Martinsville, including an 11th-place run last fall. If Allmendinger doesn't make a serious push for a top-10 this weekend, it will be a disappointment.
Greg Biffle, #16 3M/Bondo, Roush Fenway Racing [Yahoo Class B]
The numbers for Biffle at Martinsville aren't pretty. He has a 22.4 average finish at the track for his career; and in 18 starts, he has just two top-10s and no top-five finishes. Fantasy owners should shy away from the point leader this weekend.
Jamie McMurray, #1 McDonald's/Cessna, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing [Yahoo Class B]
McMurray does have some value as a sleeper pick this weekend. He has finished 11th or better in four of his last six starts at Martinsville, including three top-10s. More importantly, McMurray hasn't been a complete disaster this season like he was in 2011. He has top-10 finishes in two of three races leading up to Martinsville.
Kasey Kahne, #5 Farmers Insurance/Quaker State, Hendrick Motorsports [Yahoo Class A]
It has been a nightmarish start to the year for Kahne, and it may not get any better this weekend. In 16 career starts at Martinsville, he has just two top-10 finishes. Worse yet, he has gone 10 straight starts at the track without a top-10 run.
Juan Montoya, #42 Target, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Although he is never a safe pick, Montoya has more potential this weekend than he does at most tracks. He has six top-15 finishes in 10 career starts at Martinsville, and last fall, he finished fourth. Montoya has finished as high as third at NASCAR's smallest track, and owners willing to gamble could hit it big.
Jeff Burton, #31 Caterpillar/Cheerios, Richard Childress Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Recent history suggests Burton is going to finish somewhere in the top 20 this weekend. After all, he has done so nine times in his last 10 starts at Martinsville. However, he has just one top-five finish during the same stretch, making his ceiling somewhat limited.
Paul Menard, #27 Menards, Richard Childress Racing [Yahoo Class B]
His overall record at Martinsville isn't great, but Menard's only two top-15 finishes at the track have come in his last four starts. He is probably never going to be a consistent top-10 option at any track, but since joining Richard Childress Racing, Menard has been able to finish in the top 20 with a lot more regularity. That being said, owners can probably get more out of him at a larger oval.
Brian Vickers, #11 FedEx , Joe Gibbs Racing [Yahoo Class B]
He makes his second start in the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 this weekend. Considering he notched a top-five finish in his first start, fantasy owners have to like Vickers as a sleeper option. He has finished in the top 20 in three of his last four starts at Martinsville. Since he is only making five starts, owners have to strongly consider him as a C-List option in Yahoo! leagues.
Kurt Busch, #78 Furniture Row, Furniture Row Racing [Yahoo Class B]
This weekend's trip to Martinsville could be a rough one for Busch. He has gone 11 straight starts at the track without a top-10 finish, and he has shown few signs of life since joining Phoenix Racing. All things considered, Busch will be lucky to crack the top 20 this weekend.
Marcos Ambrose, #9 Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools, Richard Petty Motorsports [Yahoo Class B]
He has had some decent cars at Martinsville, but Ambrose has never had much luck at the track. He has finished outside the top 25 in four of his six starts, including three straight finishes of 29th or worse. Ambrose has improved in a lot of areas the last two seasons, but Martinsville remains one of his trouble spots.
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