First Data 500 NASCAR DFS Preview

Get ready for this weekend's action in Martinsville with the First Data 500 NASCAR DFS Preview.

Hello NASCAR degens! We had some drama last week when another cut was made as Kyle Larson blew a motor early and Matt Kenseth wasn’t able to finish the race due to a rules violation. A big wreck took out a lot of contenders in the race so having all six drivers racing at the end could’ve been really beneficial for you.

Martin Truex continued his dominance with the victory and Kyle Busch was strong all day to move his way above the cut line and advance. Chris Buescher was able to avoid all bad luck and paid off great with a 6th place performance on his $6,700 tag.

With four races left and 8 drivers fighting for a championship, you can expect things to continue to be exciting and drama filled. We’re onto Martinsville this week for a short track race on the ‘Paperclip’. I’m not mentioning Truex this week but that doesn’t mean he won’t be sprinkled in or I don’t like him. I see some value elsewhere and I’ll use more time explaining that. Using Truex is still a great option.


Big Dogs

Kyle Busch $11,000: Busch has dominated Martinsville recently. In his L4 starts, he has led over 600 laps with one victory. He also doesn’t have a finish outside the T5 in those races. Hefty tag, but worth the price.

Brad Keselowski $9,600: Right behind Busch in performance at Martinsville is Keselowski. In the L5, he has led over 250 laps and has 4 T5s. Led 116 laps and won here in the spring. Expect another strong performance.

Jimmie Johnson $9,800: Arguably the best at Martinsville with 9 wins in his 31 starts and average finish of 7.5. He’s also the defending champ of this race. Jimmie wants to punch his ticket to the final four at Homestead and this is a great place for him to do it.


Mid Pack

Jamie McMurray $8,500: Got caught up in a wreck here in April but the fall race treats him better historically. Has finishes of 17-10-16-2-8 in L5. Will watch practice and qualifying closely to see where McMurray is landing.

Ryan Newman $7,400: Been solid at Martinsville in his L4. With finishes of 7-10-16-8, you can expect a solid run out of him this week. Place differential could be a key after Sunday morning qualifying.

Matt Kenseth $9,300: Have to wonder where his mind is after last week but I think he’ll be focused. Led the most laps here last year finishing 4th and finished 9th in the spring.


The Rest

AJ Allmendinger $6,000: Could be a popular pick with his recent results here. Has qualified inside the T6 in 3 of L4 races. His worst finish in those L4 races is 11th and cruised to a 6th place finish in the spring.

Paul Menard $6,600: Has been pretty consistent at Martinsville averaging a 19.8 career finish. Worst finish in L10 is 25th with 5 T15s and snuck an 8th in last spring.

Aric Almirola $5,900: Racing to find a ride next year, he has some extra motivation in the last four races. At Martinsville in his L5, he has four finishes inside the T18. Solid results for a driver under $6K.


Boogity boogity boogity!!

*Weekly disclaimer: This was written before qualifying. Be sure to make note of any car/engine changes and qualifying position as value may change once starting position is established