As we head into Martinsville Race Week, we will have to look at drivers’ stats and history from this course and other similar courses as we build our lineup this week. This week we are going to focus on finding value by looking at previous top contenders at Martinsville the past couple of years. There are quite a few value drivers that you can insert into your lineup. Let’s now take a deep dive into who I think you can insert into your lineup for the United Rentals 200 at Martinsville Speedway.
Past Winners/Track Knowledge
It’s time for the NASCARs Truck Series to take their best shot winning at Martinsville Speedway. The Truck Series raced at Martinsville in 2020 where Grant Enfinger left victorious. This will be a 105.2-mile race where the drivers will be tasked with completing 200 laps around the Speedway. Martinsville Speedway is a 0.526-mile Speedway, with an asphalt surface. This raceway is home to 4 turns that will push drivers to the limit. The best part about Martinsville is that each turn has its own set of challenges that the drivers must overcome. With Martinsville being a tricky track with a history there is a lot of data to sift through as we build out winning lineup.
Below is a lineup that we believe can provide the best value for the United Rentals 200 atMartinsville Speedway on 10/30/2021 (DraftKings Values)
|Driver #1||Johnny Sauter||$ 10,900|
|Driver #2||Grant Enfinger||$ 9,700|
A-List Premium Price Drivers
Johnny Sauter ($10,900)
2021 has been a very up and down year for Johnny Sauter so far. It seems like every other race he is racing well. Now with saying that Sauter put together four straight top 10 finishes at Gateway, Darlington, Bristol, and Las Vegas. His win at Charlotte is his last win in the Truck Series. Of course, Sauter has not been able to return to the success he had from 2016-2018 where he had 13 wins, 39 top-five finishes, 55 top 10 finishes, and led 1,170 laps in 69 races. In that three year stretch he was good, and well he still is. Sauter is still the sole owner of fifth place in Truck Series wins with 24. From a DFS perspective Sauter provides some good value with his price point. With Sauter’s average of 23.7 points per race this year he provides good value for his dollar value. Especially with his 22nd starting position.
Grant Enfinger ($9,700)
Picking part-time drivers in DFS has its pros and cons, but with how well Grant Enfinger has raced this season, honestly how can you not pick him. So far, in 2021 Enfinger has six top five finishes and 11 top 10 finishes. I think it goes without saying that Enfinger’s best year in the Truck Series was 2020. As a full time, driver, he finished the season with four wins (Daytona, Atlanta, Richmond, and Martinsville), eight top-five finishes, 13 top 10 finishes, and 156 laps led. The four wins were a career high. I do not see why Enfinger cannot get into the top 10 this weekend, especially with his history at Martinsville, where he has a win. If he does you will be happy, he is in your lineup. Enfinger has consistently showed that he is a good racer Martinsville, and I think he provides huge value this weekend, even at his price
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B-List Value Drivers
Taylor Gray ($8,800)
This will be Gray’s fourth race in the Truck Series after finishing 35th at Watkins Glen, 12th at Gateway, and 35th at Bristol. The rookie has shown already this year that his starting position doesn’t matter, and he can contend for top 15 finishes. He will start right at the back, so he has a lot of point differential potential this week, thus why he is a little pricy for a driver with three races of experience.
Ben Rhodes ($8,000)
Before I even get into how he has done at this racetrack or how he did last year, just put Ben Rhodes in your lineup and move on. Rhodes is one of eight drivers still in the hunt for the championship, along with John Hunter Nemechek, Matt Crafton, Sheldon Creed, Stewart Friesen, Chandler Smith, Carson Hocevar, and Zane Smith. Rhodes pulled off wins at the first two races at Daytona this year. He then followed that up with three other top five finishes this year and had been electric all year. Rhodes was extremely close to winning a couple more times this year. Rhodes has been dynamite this year and for what it is worth he was pretty good last year too. I will say only, but how is he only worth $8,000 this week, blows me away. Rhodes also has three top 10 finishes at Martinsville over the last three years and an average finish of 7.20, that’s pretty good.
C-List Sleeper Pick Drivers
Colby Howard ($6,400)
The youngster Colby Howard will race in the NASCAR Truck Series for the third time this weekend. During the 2020 season in the Xfinity Series Howard has consistently shown that even though he usually starts 25 and below he can make it into the top 20 with two of his best finish on the year being at Bristol Motor Speedway. Howard is going to start this race in 29th which gives him plenty of point differential potential. For his cheap price, he could be a steal this week. Keep in mind that on the season he is averaging 39.5 points per race in the Truck Series.
Timmy Hill ($6,000)
I have built a top-heavy lineup this week. Therefore, Timmy Hill comes in as one of my value picks. I like the position that Timmy Hill is in to start the United Rentals 200. Starting 24th gives Hill a lot of point differential potential. Hill has been racing in the Xfinity Series and Cup Series quite frequently over the last few years. In the 2020 season, Hill had two top 10 finishes in the Truck Series, one top-five in the Xfinity Series, and two top 10 finishes in the Xfinity Series. In 2021, Hill has two top 10 finishes in the Truck Series. Like I said earlier, this is a pure value pick to try and optimize the top of my lineup. Plus, a top 20 finish gives you 12-point differential points.
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