The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be competing at Martinsville Speedway this week in the STP 500. Short track racing tends to be unpredictable. A driver could lead 150 laps and then get dumped at the end of the race and finish outside the top 25. That is what happened with Denny Hamlin last year. I plan to save my top drivers for more predictable tracks.
Here are my picks for Martinsville…
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Ryan Newman is known as the hardest driver in NASCAR to pass. Martinsville is known as the hardest track in NASCAR to make a pass. When you combine the two, Newman becomes a very good pick this week. His average finishing position in the last five races at Martinsville is 11th. Newman was 5th fastest in final practice with the 4th fastest 20-lap average speed. I will gladly take an 11th-place finish or better from Newman this week and save my top drivers for other tracks.
I am not as worried about saving drivers in the games which allow you to use a driver more than once. For that reason I will use Brad Keselowski. He won this race last year and he has been the 2nd-most dominant driver at Martinsville of the last four races.
Good luck this week!
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