The MENCS has a unique schedule this week. The cars were on the track for two practice sessions Saturday. The teams will qualify their cars Sunday morning if the weather cooperates. If qualifying is rained out the cars will line up by NASCAR Owner Points.
Yahoo Fantasy Auto Racing also has a unique schedule this week. This is the first time I remember the game locking the lineups on Sunday (except for the Daytona 500). Since we had a chance to watch two MENCS practices, I decided to reevaluate my picks.
Here are my updated picks for the First Data 500 at Martinsville.
Group A Picks: Kyle Busch (1), Martin Truex Jr. (2)
I am using Kyle Busch for the race. His car is fast and he is my pick to win. Martin Truex Jr. is on my team for qualifying points. He had the best car in final practice and he has qualified in the top 3 in the last 3 races at Martinsville.
Group A Rankings: 1) Kyle Busch, 2) Martin Truex Jr., 3) Jimmie Johnson, 4), Brad Keselowski, 5) Denny Hamlin, 6) Joey Logano, 7) Matt Kenseth, 8) Kevin Harvick
Group B Picks: Chase Elliott (2), Clint Bowyer (3), Ryan Newman (5), AJ Allmendinger (7)
No changes to my original picks. These four drivers all look very fast. It is going to be hard to pick two from this group. They all look great for the race Sunday.
Group B Rankings: 1) Clint Bowyer, 2) Ryan Newman, 3) AJ Allmendinger, 4) Kyle Larson, 5) Jamie McMurray, 6) Chase Elliott, 7) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 8) Kasey Kahne, 9) Austin Dillon, 10) Paul Menard
Group C Picks: Ty Dillon (1), Michael McDowell (3)
I am rolling with Ty Dillon and Michael McDowell in Group C. Erik Jones looked horrible and there is no way I would start him. Daniel Suarez looked OK but not good enough to burn one of your last allocations with. Dillon and McDowell should finish in the top 20.
Group C rankings: 1) Michael McDowell, 2) Ty Dillon, 3) Daniel Suarez, 4) Erik Jones
I will post my final picks for Yahoo Fantasy Auto Racing Sunday after MENCS qualifying.
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