NASCAR One & Done Picks for Martinsville

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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…

Pick Driver Once

Pick Driver Twice
Race Driver Result Race Driver

Result

Daytona

Danica Patrick 35th Daytona Michael McDowell 9th
Atlanta Kurt Busch 8th Atlanta Kurt Busch

8th

Las Vegas

Paul Menard 9th Las Vegas Ryan Blaney 5th
Phoenix Alex Bowman 13th Phoenix Denny Hamlin

4th

Auto Club

Clint Bowyer 11th Auto Club Clint Bowyer 11th
Martinsville Ryan Newman ? Martinsville Brad Keselowski

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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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