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We’re racing in Martinsville for the Xfinity 500 2020. This will be a 500 lap race. Starting positions are based off the new formula. No qualifying and no practice.
Xfinity 500 2020 Race Details:
Track: Martinsville Speedway
Type: Short (1 mile)
Time: Sunday, November 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm EST
This is a straight up dominator race this week with 500 laps meaning we have tons of lead laps to score. We will want as many of those as possible this week meaning we want as many dominators we can fit into this lineup. Not all of these drivers will be coming from the front necessarily. We have some options in our lower priced drivers as they have quicker cars. I’m not saying don’t start 3 of the playoff drivers and punt, as that’s a viable route to go, but I think picking guys with upside will be better plays.
We have a previous race at Martinsville this season and a Playoff race in Richmond to help us out this week. We also have a recent race in New Hampshire that’s pretty close to this as well. Phoenix is also a good comparison track to look at.
These are your higher price drivers for NASCAR DFS. Depending on the race, and where they are starting they are more than likely chalk.
All of the drivers here are in play at a short track. They are all capable of leading laps and since they are all starting near the front, they all have dominator potential.
First up is Brad Keselowski. In the last 3 Martinsville races he’s finished 3rd, 3rd and 1st. In the race that he won last season he led 446 laps and anyone who follows racing at all will know he races well at this track type. He should see solid ownership though as he’s being touted a lot this week. He’s also starting this race on the pole which is a huge advantage.
A driver that I think stands out here quite a bit though is Martin Truex Jr. Starting second in this race is a huge advantage. He’s won the last 2 races here, and he’s led 132 laps earlier this season, with 464 in the playoff race last year. you read that right…464 laps in a 500 lap race. Anticipate high ownership.
I also really like Joey Logano in this race, but I have concerns about his motivation for the race since he doesn’t have to win. all of these guys are competitive and it wouldn’t surprise me if he drove to win just because he can. He has raced well with this package this season and has led a ton of laps here in the past.
8-12k drivers on FD / 7-10k drivers on DK for NASCAR DFS. These drivers have top 5 potential, and will often see some decent ownership.
Ryan Blaney has 4 top 5 finishes at Martinsville in 9 races. He finished 2nd here earlier this season, and led 34 laps. I think he could have won this race, but had some issues in the pits, and this was earlier in the season after the COVID break, so they’ve worked the pit stop kinks out by now. He’s starting 10th.
I think we have to keep an eye on Clint Bowyer as well. He’s starting 16th, and this will be the 2nd to last race for his career and I’m sure he would love to win one here. He has raced well on this track type this season with a top 5 in Phoenix, and a top 11 average running position at all of the short flat tracks.
Aric Almirola raced this package well this season with 5 top 10 finishes in the 8 downforce races. In theory that should throw a lot of ownership his way. I don’t think he leads a ton of laps, if any at all, but starting 20th is going to be good if he can make his way to the top of the pack again.
The last guy I’m thinking about a lot here is Jimmie Johnson. We’ve seen him lead a bunch of laps here earlier this season when he led 70 of them when he started 21st. He’s starting a little further back this week at 27th, but since he’s shown he can make up spots and hold the lead for a bit. He’s another driver retiring this season, so this could be his last chance to win.
Your low – mid tier priced players on both sites. These guys more than likely won’t win the race. Here we will target drivers who will get us points through Position Differential for NASCAR DFS.
There are two drivers I like a lot down in this price range for the Xfinity 500 2020.
Bubba Wallace is starting 32nd and should be considered this week due to his price and how well he races here. This is his favorite track and he showed that he can move up with an average of +11 PD in his last 3 races here. He’s also won here in the truck series back in the day.
I am going back to the Chris Buescher well this week. He’s starting 28th and raced well here earlier this season. He’s going to see lower ownership, but finished 13th here earlier this season and 12th in the playoff race here last season.
The Yellow Flags
These are your deep punts – use with caution! They will help you fit the high priced drivers, but may not do much more for NASCAR DFS. Minimize their use in your lineups. Do not use in cash!
JJ Yelley is a punt this week that I think could get us some PD.
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