2009 NASCAR Fantasy Preview: Martinsville I

This week as we head to Martinsville the 2009 owners points for this year come into play for guaranteed starting spots for the top 35 drivers. All of the big names have made it in. Some of those who will have to qualify on time until they can get back into the top 35 are Scott Speed, Paul Menard and Aric Almirola.

  • Jeff Gordon is my pick to win this weekend. I said it last week and still believe that Martinsville is one of the best tracks for Jeff to get back to victory lane. Jeff hasn’t finished outside the top 5 in the last 8 races here and won both races back in 2005.
  • Jimmie Johnson is definitely the driver to have on your team along with Gordon. Jimmie has won 4 of the last 5 races here and has finished in the top 5 in 9 of his last 10 starts at Martinsville. If you can have both Jeff and Jimmie on your team this is the week to do it.
  • Denny Hamlin has finished ion the top 6 in his last 5 starts at Martinsville and took a win away from the Hendrick boys last spring. Denny is another very good pick for this track anytime as he has only finished out of the top 10 once in his career.
  • Tony Stewart is the only driver besides the 3 above to have gotten a win at Martinsville in the last 9 races. Tony struggled a little bit at Bristol last week in the teams debut on a short track. He is going to have to improve a lot this week to stay in contention.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of the second tier drivers in the rest of the field. Dale finished 6th and 2nd in last years races here but he also struggled last weekend at Bristol. He should just be happy to get a top 10 finish this week and will need to improve to do it.
  • Carl Edwards has gotten better every time he has raced at Martinsville. Carl had 2 top 10 finishes here last year and ran alright at Bristol last week. Carl should have a good chance at cracking the top 10 once again this weekend.
  • Kyle Busch is either feast or famine at Martinsville. His best ever finish here is 4th but last year he finished 38th and 29th during a year that he dominated almost everywhere else on the schedule.
  • Matt Kenseth started the year like a house on fire but since the first 2 weeks we hardly hear anything about him. Matt is another driver who knows his way around Martinsville and should end up in the top 15 every race.
  • Mark Martin has won the last 2 poles and should have a good car once again this weekend. However, this is the track that Mark just hates to race on. I can guarantee you that Mark is not looking forward to racing this weekend even though he could do quite well.

Yahoo Picks for Martinsville

Group A

  • Jeff Gordon
  • Jimmie Johnson

Group B

  • Denny Hamlin
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Jamie McMurray
  • Juan Pablo Montoya

Group C

  • Marcos Ambrose
  • Bobby Labonte

Top 5 Overall at Martinsville

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Carl Edwards
  5. Jeff Burton
  6. Dark Horse: Jamie McMurray

    Stay Away From: Greg Biffle

    As always you can Email me with any questions, comments or suggestions at gutsamaniac@hotmail.com or post a question in the forum for me at the end of this article. Good luck once again this weekend!