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Fantasy picks and race winner for the Goody’s 500 at Martinsville

By admin | March 31, 2011

By Richard Allen

I play the ESPN Stock Car Challenge fantasy game. It is free and very easy to understand. There are no drafts. Points are amassed based on the NASCAR scoring system. Fantasy players have a budget of $100 per race and each driver is given a value based on his prior performance. Players choose five drivers, while staying within the budget, to make up a team. Obviously, players want to use their ‘money’ wisely so that their team can score maximum points.

The Martinsville Speedway is one of NASCAR’s oldest and more unique tracks. It’s long straightaways and tight, flat turns put a tremendous premium on brakes and handling. Drivers who can exercise patience and avoid the messes of others are most likely to bring home a good finish.

Here are the five drivers I have chosen for the Goody’s 500 and why:

Jimmie Johnson: The five time Sprint Cup champ has used this track to help propel him to those titles. He has six wins and thirteen top-5s here with an average finish of 5.3. His value is $24.1.
Tony Stewart: This driver has scored two wins and thirteen top-10s at Martinsville. His value is $22.3.
Denny Hamlin: When one thinks of Martinsville, Hamlin’s name should come readily to mind. He has four career wins, eight top-5s and an average finish of 6.1 on the paper clip shaped track near his Chesterfiled, Virginia hometown. His value is $22.

Paul Menard: His average finish at Martinsville but with my top-3 drivers I have to find value with my 4th and 5th picks. Menard has looked like a different driver since joining Richard Childress Racing. At a price of $17.4 I am gambling that his recent trend will continue.

Trevor Bayne: At $14.3 Bayne comes at a low price. He will be racing at the Wood Brothers’ home track so hopefully he can rekindle the Daytona magic.

The winner of the Goody’s 500 will be Jimmie Johnson.

My score from the previous week- 149 but my pick of Jimmie Johnson to win came within one turn of providing the second race winner in as many weeks.

This column is for the purpose of advising players on a free fantasy game. No wagers should be made based on the contents herein.

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