Goody's Fast Relief 500
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One week after a trip to NASCAR's biggest track, the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup kicks off this weekend at the smallest track on the schedule, Martinsville Speedway.
Not surprisingly, building a winning DFS NASCAR lineup for Sunday's Goody's Fast Relief 500 will require a much different strategy than the one used last weekend. At Talladega, it was all about place differential. This weekend, it's all about the laps led and fastest laps run categories.
With 500 laps on tap Sunday, the are never going to be more points available in both categories. More importantly, track position tends to be crucial at the flat, paperclip-shaped oval, so there is usually a driver who leads more than 200 laps and often two drivers who lead more than 100 laps.
Many of the drivers who have posted huge laps led totals have started near the front, but there have also been several drivers who have started in the top 15 and gone on to dominate the race. Make sure to check out both qualifying and practice results before making any final lineup decisions.
Qualifying is set for 4:40 p.m. ET Friday, and the race is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET Friday on NBCSN.
Kyle Busch ($10,700)
He doesn't have a ton of dominating performances at Martinsville, but he led 352 of the 500 laps in a win here in April, giving four top-five finishes in the last seven races and seven straight top 15s. His impressive showing in the spring race could be a sign of things to come this weekend.
Jimmie Johnson ($10,500)
Johnson is a nine-time Martinsville winner, and he has led more than 100 laps in five of his last nine starts here. Since 2005, his 2575 laps led here are the most in the series, and he is one of two drivers with more than 1,000 fastest laps run in that span. He has been on a tear since the Chase began, and his hot streak should continue at one of his best tracks.
Joey Logano ($9,800)
Aside from getting stuffed into the fence by Matt Kenseth last fall, Martinsville has been kind to Logano lately. He has five top 15s in his last six starts here, cracking the top five three times. More importantly, he has led more than 20 laps in five straight starts here, leading 207 last fall and more than 100 in two of his last three starts.
Jeff Gordon ($8,800)
Gordon will be back in the No. 88 this weekend, and he has always been a Martinsville master. He is the defending winner of this weekend's race, and he is a nine-time winner at the track overall. He has 37 top 10s in 46 starts here, and his 5.8 average finish in the last ten races here is by far the best in the series. He could deliver elite production for a discounted price.
Jamie McMurray ($7,900)
He has a decent floor and legit upside at Martinsville. He has finished 17th or better in six of his last eight starts at the track, and McMurray has four top 10s during that span, including a second-place run last fall. He could be a solid play based on finishing position alone, and his value only goes up if he qualifies deep in the field.
Ryan Newman ($7,800)
His driving style is a perfect fit for Martinsville, and it's no surprise he has finished in the top 10 in three of his last four starts at the track. Granted he tends to qualify well here, which limits his upside through place differential, but a top 10 finish and 30-plus fantasy points are possible no matter where he starts.
A.J. Allmendinger ($7,300)
Although he is known as a road racer, Allmendinger has quietly been one of the best in the business at Martinsville. He has six finishes of 11th or better in his last eight starts here, and his second-place run in the spring was his second runner-up effort at the track. He is dramatically underpriced, and he will be worth considering regardless of where he qualifies.
Danica Patrick ($6,600)
She has been a boom-or-bust option at Martinsville, but if Patrick qualifies toward the back, she could be worth the risk. She has four finishes of 17th or better in seven starts at the track, gaining at least nine spots four times and gaining at least 20 spots twice.
Paul Menard ($6,400)
Martinsville wasn't a great track for Menard for much of his career, but he has turned a corner here in recent years. He has cracked the top 15 in four of his last five starts here, finishing eighth in the spring race this season. During the same span, he has gained double-digit spots on two occasions. If he qualifies in the back half of the field, he should be a safe low-priced addition.
David Ragan ($5,800)
If you dip below the $6,000 mark to free up cap space, Ragan is probably your best bet. He has four straight top 25 finishes at Martinsville, and during the stretch, he has a 15.3 average finish and a +9.5 average place differential. If he qualifies outside the top 30, he is worth a roll of the dice.