Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500

by Eric McClung on October 24, 2013 @ 10:06:52 PDT


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Clint Bowyer | No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota | Michael Waltrip Racing

Since 2006, Bowyer has finished 11th or better in 10 of the 13 events held at Martinsville. Earlier this season, Bowyer finished as the runner-up after he led 154 laps in this race one year ago. Bowyer is coming off his third top-10 of the Chase, during which he's only finished outside of the top 15 once over six races.

Brad Keselowski | No. 2 Miller Lite Ford | Penske Championship Racing

Over the last four races on the schedule, Keselowski has finished inside of the top 15 just once. However, that came as a victory in Charlotte Motor Speedway as he continues to be a boom-or-bust driver during this disappointing season. At Martinsville, Keselowski has finished inside the top 10 in three consecutive races with an average running position of fifth on two occasions.

Jamie McMurray | No. 1 McDonald's Chevrolet | Earnhardt Ganassi Racing

McMurray is coming off a victory at Talladega, his first trip to victory lane since 2010. Earlier this season, he finished seventh at Martinsville with an average running position of eighth and recorded the fastest lap a career-best 29 times. If you are short on middle-tier options, Jamie Mac could prove useful for another week.

Temper your expectations

Kevin Harvick | No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet | Richard Childress Racing

Back in 2011, Harvick won the spring race at Martinsville for the first time and put together another top-five during the Chase. Last year he had to settle for a pair of underachieving results, dropping to 19th from the outside pole in the spring and blowing an engine in October. This season Harvick ran well for much of the day but finished back in 13th. Harvick is a decent option but not a driver to be considered given the number of preferred elite drivers to select from.

Denny Hamlin | No. 11 FedEx One Rate Toyota | Joe Gibbs Racing

Hamlin won his four career Martinsville races in a span of six starts from 2008-10, all top-fives that included three victories in a row. A back injury kept Hamlin from competing here earlier in the season after leading double-digit laps in eight straight on the paperclip. The huge downside here is what Hamlin has done over his last 18 starts of the season, which features more DNFs (six) than top-15 finishes (two).

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About Eric McClung

Eric McClung has been profiled by the FSWA for covering the fantasy sports spectrum and is a three-time award finalist. Over the years, he's made several appearances in print and on radio. McClung began contributing to KFFL in 2008 and currently serves as one of KFFL's featured fantasy NASCAR experts. He's also captured the fantasy football championship in the KFFL staff league twice.

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