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NASCAR DFS: Goody's Fast Relief 500 Post-Qualifying

NASCAR DFS Expert Brian Polking pinpoints the best drivers to target on DraftKings following the qualifying rounds of the Goody's Fast Relief 500!

Goody's Fast Relief 500

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It doesn't take long to get around NASCAR's shortest track, and Martin Truex Jr. stormed to the pole at Martinsville Speedway Friday with a lap of 98.206 mph in the final round of qualifying.

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He will be joined on the front row by Joey Logano, who failed in his bid to win the pole at Martinsville for the fourth consecutive time. Jimmie Johnson qualified third, and A.J. Allmendinger and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.

Passing tends to be difficult at Martinsville thanks to the tight, flat corners, so it is no surprise that 36 of the 135 races here have been won from the front row. Meanwhile, 97 races have been won by a driver starting in the deep, and just seven races have been won by a driver starting outside the top 20, although it happened in both 2015 events.

Drivers starting near the front tend to have the edge when it comes to leading laps, which is something to keep in mind with 500 laps on tap and a ton of potential fantasy points available in the category.

However, several bigger names will start deeper in the field, making the place differential category a decent source of fantasy points, as well. Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick will all start outside the top 15, and Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, and Austin Dillon will start outside the top 20.

Check out a closer look at the drivers who saw their DFS NASCAR value improve after qualifying, and make sure to watch the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Must-Own Drivers

Jimmie Johnson ($10,500)

He has been hot during the Chase, and after qualifying third, Johnson is in prime position for a dominant showing at a track where he has owned over the years. In addition to his eight wins, Johnson has led by far the most laps at Martinsville overall, leading more than 100 in five of his last nine starts. He could easily dominate the laps led and fastest laps run categories on his way to being the top scorer.

Kevin Harvick ($10,300)

Harvick had a lackluster 20th-place run in qualifying, but the poor starting spot, gives him plenty of upside through place differential. He has four top 10s in his last six starts at Martinsville, leading a combined 262 laps in his last three starts and scoring plenty of points in the fastest laps run category. He is one of the safest options and a great option in cash games.

Joey Logano ($9,800)

He continued his impressive run in Martinsville qualifying, and he will start on the front row for the fifth straight time. Logano has led at least 60 laps in three of his previous four starts from the front row, leading 207 laps here last fall. The strong starting spot gives him a great chance to lead a ton of laps again this weekend.

Value Plays

Matt Kenseth ($9,200)

Since joining Joe Gibbs Racing, Kenseth has six top 15s in seven starts at Martinsville, finishing sixth or better four times. He has also led 392 laps at the track during that span. Starting 17th, he should post a strong score based on finishing position and place differential alone, and he could easily score some points in the laps led and fastest laps run categories. His safe floor makes him an ideal option in cash games.

Kurt Busch ($9,000)

Busch is more of a GPP option, but there is no denying his upside following a 23rd-place effort in qualifying. He has always been boom or bust at Martinsville, but he has two wins at the track. He has also finished in the top 10 in every race since the Chase began, so he is running well entering Sunday's race. Another top 10 will result in a big point total by the time place differential is factored.

Austin Dillon ($8,100)

A qualifying spin has Dillon starting 31st, and the poor starting spot makes him one of the most attractive mid-priced plays. He has finished 18th or better in four of his five starts at Martinsville, finishing a career-best fourth in the spring race. Dillon has a chance to be one of the biggest movers and highest scorers this weekend.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ($7,400)

He is going to a backup car this weekend after crashing in qualifying, but the wreck has him starting way back in 39th. Granted, he has been pretty bad at Martinsville, but he only needs to crack the top 30 to finish with a solid place differential, he will top 40 fantasy points if he can just sneak into the top 20. He is a low-risk investment with decent upside.

Sleeper Special

Landon Cassill ($5,500)

He has cracked the top 25 in four of his last five starts at Martinsville, and he has finished 21st or better in three of his last four starts here. After qualifying 33rd, Cassill looks like a safe bet to gain around ten spots. He should approach 30 fantasy points while opening up a big chunk of cap space.

2016 Goody's Fast Relief 500 Starting Lineup

Pos.

No.

Driver

Sponsor

Make

1

78

Martin Truex Jr.

Auto-Owners Insurance

Toyota

2

22

Joey Logano

Shell-Pennzoil

Ford

3

48

Jimmie Johnson

Lowe's

Chevrolet

4

47

AJ Allmendinger

Kroger/Clorox

Chevrolet

5

24

Chase Elliott

NAPA Auto Parts

Chevrolet

6

14

Tony Stewart

Haas Automation

Chevrolet

7

19

Carl Edwards

Sport Clips

Toyota

8

11

Denny Hamlin

FedEx Freight

Toyota

9

18

Kyle Busch

M&M's Halloween

Toyota

10

88

Jeff Gordon

Nationwide

Chevrolet

11

42

Kyle Larson

Target

Chevrolet

12

23

David Ragan

Dr. Pepper

Toyota

13

31

Ryan Newman

Caterpillar

Chevrolet

14

1

Jamie McMurray

Credit One/First Data

Chevrolet

15

21

Ryan Blaney

Virginia Tech/Motorcraft

Ford

16

43

Aric Almirola

Smithfield

Ford

17

20

Matt Kenseth

Dollar General

Toyota

18

27

Paul Menard

Dutch Boy/Menards

Chevrolet

19

2

Brad Keselowski

Alliance Truck Parts

Ford

20

4

Kevin Harvick

Busch Light

Chevrolet

21

7

Regan Smith

Nikko RC/Toy State

Chevrolet

22

5

Kasey Kahne

UniFirst

Chevrolet

23

41

Kurt Busch

State Water Heaters

Chevrolet

24

10

Danica Patrick

Nature's Bakery

Chevrolet

25

16

Greg Biffle

Ford Pass

Ford

26

13

Casey Mears

GEICO

Chevrolet

27

93

Matt DiBenedetto

E.J. Wade Construction

Toyota

28

15

Clint Bowyer

5-Hour Energy

Chevrolet

29

34

Chris Buescher

Love's Travel Stops/Roller Bites

Ford

30

95

Michael McDowell

Malwarebytes

Chevrolet

31

6

Trevor Bayne

AdvoCare

Ford

32

3

Austin Dillon

Dow Corning

Chevrolet

33

38

Landon Cassill

A&W All American Food

Ford

34

55

Reed Sorenson

Premium Motorsports

Chevrolet

35

44

Brian Scott

American Red Cross

Ford

36

30

Gray Gaulding

Feed the Children

Chevrolet

37

83

Dylan Lupton

E.J. Wade Construction

Toyota

38

32

Jeffrey Earnhardt

Keen Parts/Rain-X

Ford

39

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Fastenal

Ford

40

46

Michael Annett

Pilot Flying J

Chevrolet


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