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.