NASCAR Fantasy Picks for Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Race at Martinsville Speedway
By David Hayes
NASCAR Fantasy Picks for Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500
One of The Duel's own fantasy NASCAR picks, Kevin Harvick, took home the checkered flag at Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 in Hampton, Georgia. Now the NASCAR world turns its attention to the Martinsville Speedway for the 2020 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500.
With just a two-day break before our next Cup Series race this Wednesday in Martinsville, Virginia, let's take a look at three drivers to consider when building your NASCAR fantasy team for the Blue-Emu 500 at 7 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 10.
Blue-Emu 500 Fantasy Picks
*Note: All career results rankings are among active drivers in this Wednesday's Blue-Emu 500 race at the Martinsville Speedway track unless otherwise noted.
Martinsville has been good to Denny Hamlin over his entire career. Hamlin has the second-most wins (5), second-most top-10 finishes (21), second-best winning rate (17.86 percent), second-best average finishing position (9.39), second-best top-5 finishing rate (53.17 percent) on this track. For some additional perspective on just how impressive he's been here, across his 28 total races at Martinsville, Hamlin has finished in the top five in more than half of them (15). Hamlin also the best top-10 finishing rate (75.00 percent) in the field, with the second-most led laps (1,566) here on top of that.
Despite entering Wednesday as the betting favorite to win the Blue-Emu 500, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, Busch's history at Martinsville suggests he should be a much better top-10 expectation than champion. Busch boasts the highest top-5 finishing rate (55.17 percent) and both the fourth-highest winning rate (6.90 percent) and top-10 finishing rate (58.62 percent) in the field. His 1,424 total laps led here also rank third, but his lone blemish comes from his 75.85 percent top-20 finishing rate, which ranks just eighth.
Martin Truex Jr.
While Martin Truex Jr.'s career history on this track may suggest otherwise, no driver has been better than Martin Truex Jr. over their past four respective races at Martinsville. His 4.00 average finishing position ranks first alone, while his one win and three top-5 finishes are tied with Brad Keselowski for the most as well. Combine that with his fourth-best average finishing position (9.00), five top-10 finishes and six top-20 finishes over his past six races overall, and he could make some noise down the stretch Wednesday night.
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