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Kyle Busch: perfect recently on short flats 10-27-2016
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch has been perfect recently on short, flat tracks and he enters the weekend with a current eight-race streak of top-10s. That dates back to his fifth-place finish in the fall edition of this weekend's Martinsville Speedway race. One of these was a victory-also at Martinsville-and six of them were top-fives. In that same span of races, Busch has advanced to the final round of qualification every time, so fantasy owners can expect him to tip his hand in time trials.
Kasey Kahne: 3 top-10s in last 4 on type 10-27-2016
Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne has scored three top-10s in his last four efforts on short, flat tracks in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. Two of these came at Richmond International Raceway, a .750-mile track that sometimes behaves like a speedway. One was earned in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kahne finished only 22nd at Martinsville Speedway this spring, but there is plenty of reason to be hopeful because he was 11th and ninth last year. Look for a result on the cusp of 10th this week.
Cassill shows consistency on short, flats 10-27-2016
Landon Cassill
Landon Cassill has finished somewhere in the 20s in five of six short, flat track races this year while racing in the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford. The only race in which Cassill failed to finish that well was the Federated Auto Parts 400 when he developed a brake problem that cost 50 laps behind the wall. His teammate Chris Buescher was still vying for a spot in the Chase when that failure occurred and it is a safe bet that Cassill can get back in top-30 form.
J Earnhardt will earn + place-differential 10-27-2016
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jeffrey Earnhardt will almost certainly earn positive place-differential points this week because in 20 career Cup races, he has never finished worse than he started. In 2016, Earnhardt improved only 4.4 positions per race to finish 34th, so he is not earning much. Sometimes it is a comfort to know that the bargain basement driver is not going to cost points, however.
Hamlin coming off worst-ever M'ville finish 10-27-2016
Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin finished 39th this spring in the STP 500, which is one of only four sub-15th-place finishes for him at Martinsville Speedway and his career-worst result on this track. Hamlin has long been considered a master of Martinsville, but his reputation was tarnished a bit by five results outside the top five from 2012 through 2014. He rebounded in 2015 with his fifth career victory on this track and a third in the fall. He should be able to rebound into the top five again this week in the Goody's Fast Relief 500.
Trevor Bayne finishes better than he starts 10-27-2016
Trevor Bayne
Trevor Bayne has finished better than he started in all three of his Martinsville Speedway attempts with Roush-Fenway Racing. Bayne has been consistently qualifying in the 30s in the No. 6, which gives him plenty of room to earn positive place-differential points. His best effort was an 18-place improvement in spring 2015. This spring he only improved five spots to finish 27th, but he could be considered as a utility pick to round out a roster if his cap fits a certain niche.
Logano guns for 4th straight M'ville pole 10-27-2016
Joey Logano
Joey Logano has earned three consecutive poles at Martinsville Speedway and has been on the front row in four straight races. Logano certainly has a good setup for this track, undoubtedly in part because of his tenure with Joe Gibbs Racing. He was en route to victory last fall before getting intentionally wrecked by Matt Kenseth. This spring, he narrowly missed the top 10 with an 11th, but three races prior to these back-to-back bummers ended in top-fives. Logano is one of this week's favorites.
Reed Sorenson has two recent M'ville top-35s 10-27-2016
Reed Sorenson
Reed Sorenson has scored only two top-35 finishes in his last seven starts since leaving Richard Petty Motorsports. Several of these efforts were strictly start-and-park, but he has been running at the end of his last three efforts. Sorenson finished 34th last spring and 35th last fall in a 43-car field. He was 37th this spring in a 40-car field, so fantasy players should assume that another top-35 is going to be difficult.
Harvick is a good, not great M'ville start 10-27-2016
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick has four recent top-10s at Martinsville Speedway, but he has not finished in the top five since 2011. It is hard to say Harvick will not be a good value this week, but there are certainly better opportunities to start him. Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway are next up on the schedule and the No. 4 has been stellar on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks to recommend him in the Lone Star State. His record at Phoenix is-well simply spectacular.