Mark Martin, Hendrick Motorsports

by Cory J. Bonini on February 11, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


6) Mark Martin | No. 5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet | Hendrick Motorsports

Pros: After two shortened seasons (24 races apiece) in 2007 and 2008, Martin ran a full schedule in his first year with Hendrick Motorsports with fantastic results. A second-place finish wasn't expected by anyone - probably even Martin - but he was very strong all year. Seven poles, five first-place finishes, 14 top-fives and 21 top-10s helped pave the way. The ageless one has proven this isn't just a young man's sport, but it doesn't hinder his chances having Hendrick Motorsports on his side. Determination to finally win it all is probably Martin's best friend.

Cons: Success doesn't regularly find most 51-year-old drivers, so history is working against one of NASCAR's elder statesmen. Martin failed to finish four races last year, and he may be the unluckiest driver in the sport. Martin is given a free pass from time to time because he is well-respected, but drivers can take advantage of his polite driving style. In 29 years of NASCAR racing, Martin has yet to win it all. What suggests he will knock off teammate Jimmie Johnson to win the championship in 2010?

Fantasy tip: The long-time Roush Fenway Racing driver may be overvalued coming into 2010. Fantasy owners have to be sure to avoid sentimental emotions when it comes to drafting Martin. Chances are, he'll finish in the top 10, but there is little upside involved with Martin. The veteran should be a consistent top-10 finisher and is a quality fantasy choice as a mid-No. 1 driver.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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