Comments: NASCAR Picks for Martinsville


Comments: NASCAR Picks for Martinsville

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Before we get back into the swing of things with this weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway, let's take minute to recap everything that has gone on with the Denny Hamlin situation. Initial speculation that Elliott Sadler would be one of the subs while Hamlin recovers from his back injury turned out to be completely false. Meanwhile, Mark Martin's move to the No. 11 was chopped down to just this weekend's race thanks to an issue with his Michael Waltrip Racing sponsor Aaron's. The end result is that Brian Vickers will take over as Hamlin's replacement following this weekend's trip to Martinsville with Martin resuming his regularly-scheduled races with MWR.

As for Sunday's race, the half-mile, paperclip-shaped oval that is Martinsville is a throwback to old school racing. The bumping and banging that is a constant at any short track is amplified by the fact that Martinsville's corners have basically zero banking. Meanwhile, the short narrow pit road, makes getting on and off the track nearly as dangerous as the action on it. Track position is crucial at Martinsville, and any pit road penalty or unscheduled stop can drop a driver two laps off the pace or more. From a fantasy standpoint, it is nice that a handful of drivers have been dominant at the track and should be safe options at the top of a lineup. On the flip side, filling out the rest of your roster at a track where a lot can go wrong can be tricky.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  2. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/3M
  3. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  4. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  5. Matt Kenseth, Dolllar General/DeWalt
  6. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  7. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Great Clips
  8. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  9. Mark Martin, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  10. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  11. Brian Vickers, Bass Pro Shops
  12. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  13. Kevin Harvick, Busch Beer/Jimmy Johns
  14. Greg Biffle, KFC
  15. Carl Edwards, Arris/Stanley
  16. Kurt Busch, Monster Energy
  17. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  18. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  19. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  20. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  21. Jeffrey Earnhardt, Can-Am
  22. Juan Montoya, Target
  23. Paul Menard, Menards
  24. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Zest/Fastenal
  25. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  26. Bobby Labonte, C&J Energy Services
  27. Regan Smith, Toy State
  28. Casey Mears, GEICO
  29. David Ragan, Dr. Pepper
  30. Ken Schrader, Federated Auto Parts
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