NASCAR Weekly Preview: STP 500

This weekend we head to Ridgeway, Virginia for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The race is Sunday at 2pm EST on FS1. I decided to move the weekly preview article from my fantasy NASCAR package this season. I hope it helps everyone get started on their fantasy NASCAR research.

Track Preview

Martinsville Speedway

“The Paperclip”

- 263 Miles

- 500 Laps

- Surface : Asphalt, Concrete

- Banks:

Turns 12°
Straights 0°

Comparable Short Tracks

Bristol
Richmond

Comparable Flat-Banked Tracks

New Hampshire
Phoenix
Richmond

Stats from 2005-Present

Top 5 Driver Rating

Jimmie Johnson – 115.8
Denny Hamlin – 106.2
Kyle Busch – 102.6
Brad Keselowski – 96
Kevin Harvick – 93.7

Top 5 Average Running Position

Jimmie Johnson – 8.185
Denny Hamlin – 9.844
Kyle Busch – 11.278
Brad Keselowski – 12.538
Joey Logano – 12.781

Top 5 Average Finish

Jimmie Johnson – 7.3
Denny Hamlin – 10
Brad Keselowski – 12.4
Kyle Busch – 13.1
Clint Bowyer – 14

October 2017 Race Results

Driver Starting Spot Finishing Spot Diff Car
Kyle Busch 14 1 13 #18
Martin Truex Jr. 2 2 0 #78
Clint Bowyer 5 3 2 #14
Brad Keselowski 7 4 3 #2
Kevin Harvick 13 5 8 #4
Trevor Bayne 34 6 28 #6
Denny Hamlin 6 7 -1 #11
Ryan Blaney 4 8 -4 #21
Matt Kenseth 17 9 8 #20
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 22 10 12 #17
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 21 11 10 #88
Jimmie Johnson 24 12 12 #48
Austin Dillon 25 13 12 #3
Ryan Newman 18 14 4 #31
Daniel Suarez 15 15 0 #19
Kasey Kahne 12 16 -4 #5
Danica Patrick 23 17 6 #10
Aric Almirola 10 18 -8 #43
Michael McDowell 20 19 1 #95
Paul Menard 19 20 -1 #27
Chris Buescher 29 21 8 #37
Kurt Busch 11 22 -11 #41
Landon Cassill 33 23 10 #34
Joey Logano 1 24 -23 #22
Cole Whitt 30 25 5 #72
Erik Jones 8 26 -18 #77
Chase Elliott 3 27 -24 #24
David Ragan 31 28 3 #38
Jamie McMurray 16 29 -13 #1
Ty Dillon 26 30 -4 #13
Gray Gaulding 35 31 4 #83
Reed Sorenson 32 32 0 #15
Corey LaJoie 36 33 3 #23
Hermie Sadler 40 34 6 #7
Kyle Weatherman 38 35 3 #51
Carl Long 39 36 3 #66
Kyle Larson 9 37 -28 #42
Jeffrey Earnhardt 37 38 -1 #33
Matt DiBenedetto 28 39 -11 #32
A.J. Allmendinger 27 40 -13 #47

Top 5 Lap Leaders

Kyle Busch – 184
Chase Elliott – 123
Brad Keselowski – 108
Joey Logano – 59
Jimmie Johnson – 24

Top 5 Positive Place Differential

Trevor Bayne +28
Kyle Busch +13
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +12
Jimmie Johnson +12
Austin Dillon +12

Top 5 Negative Place Differential

Kyle Larson -28
Chase Elliott -24
Joey Logano -23
Erik Jones -18
Jamie McMurray -13
A.J. Allmendinger -13

Top 5 Average Running Position

1 2 Brad Keselowski – 2.37
2 18 Kyle Busch – 3.03
3 24 Chase Elliott – 4.01
4 22 Joey Logano – 4.28
5 78 Martin Truex Jr – 4.79

Top 5 Fastest Laps Run

Driver – Percentage – Laps

1 2 Brad Keselowski – 26.8% – 109
2 24 Chase Elliott – 16.5% – 67
3 18 Kyle Busch – 15.7% – 64
4 22 Joey Logano – 14.7% – 60
5 78 Martin Truex Jr – 6.9% – 28

April 2017 Race Results

Driver Starting Spot Finishing Spot Diff Car
Brad Keselowski 4 1 3 #2
Kyle Busch 10 2 8 #18
Chase Elliott 2 3 -1 #24
Joey Logano 5 4 1 #22
Austin Dillon 20 5 15 #3
A.J. Allmendinger 30 6 24 #47
Clint Bowyer 8 7 1 #14
Ryan Newman 11 8 3 #31
Matt Kenseth 25 9 16 #20
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 24 10 14 #17
Chris Buescher 33 11 22 #37
Erik Jones 15 12 3 #77
Trevor Bayne 16 13 3 #6
Kasey Kahne 13 14 -1 #5
Jimmie Johnson 17 15 2 #48
Martin Truex Jr. 3 16 -13 #78
Kyle Larson 1 17 -16 #42
Aric Almirola 18 18 0 #43
Paul Menard 22 19 3 #27
Kevin Harvick 9 20 -11 #4
Cole Whitt 31 21 10 #72
Ty Dillon 23 22 1 #13
Danica Patrick 29 23 6 #10
David Ragan 34 24 10 #38
Ryan Blaney 7 25 -18 #21
Michael McDowell 26 26 0 #95
Landon Cassill 27 27 0 #34
Corey LaJoie 35 28 7 #83
Gray Gaulding 37 29 8 #23
Denny Hamlin 12 30 -18 #11
Reed Sorenson 32 31 1 #15
Daniel Suarez 19 32 -13 #19
Timmy Hill 38 33 5 #51
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 21 34 -13 #88
Matt DiBenedetto 28 35 -7 #32
Jeffrey Earnhardt 36 36 0 #33
Kurt Busch 14 37 -23 #41
Jamie McMurray 6 38 -32 #1

Top 5 Lap Leaders

Kyle Busch – 274
Brad Keselowski – 116
Martin Truex Jr. – 42
Denny Hamlin – 24
Kyle Larson – 23

Top 5 Positive Place Differential

A.J. Allmendinger +24
Chris Buescher +22
Matt Kenseth +16
Austin Dillon +15
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +14

Top 5 Negative Place Differential

Jamie McMurray -32
Kurt Busch -23
Ryan Blaney -18
Denny Hamlin -18
Kyle Larson -16

Top 5 Average Running Position

1 18 Kyle Busch – 3.18
2 24 Chase Elliott – 3.37
3 2 Brad Keselowski – 5.15
4 48 Jimmie Johnson – 8.48
5 78 Martin Truex Jr – 8.83

Top 5 Fastest Laps Run

Driver – Percentage – Laps

1 18 Kyle Busch – 24.1% – 91
2 2 Brad Keselowski – 23.9% – 90
3 22 Joey Logano – 12.7% – 48
4 24 Chase Elliott – 10.1% – 38
5 48 Jimmie Johnson – 5.3% – 20

October 2016 Race Results

Driver Starting Spot Finishing Spot Diff Car
Jimmie Johnson 3 1 2 #48
Brad Keselowski 19 2 17 #2
Denny Hamlin 8 3 5 #11
Matt Kenseth 17 4 13 #20
Kyle Busch 9 5 4 #18
Jeff Gordon 10 6 4 #88
Martin Truex Jr. 1 7 -6 #78
Jamie McMurray 14 8 6 #1
Joey Logano 2 9 -7 #22
A.J. Allmendinger 4 10 -6 #47
Kasey Kahne 22 11 11 #5
Chase Elliott 5 12 -7 #24
Greg Biffle 25 13 12 #16
Kyle Larson 11 14 -3 #42
Aric Almirola 16 15 1 #43
Ryan Newman 13 16 -3 #31
Austin Dillon 32 17 15 #3
Michael McDowell 30 18 12 #95
Ryan Blaney 15 19 -4 #21
Kevin Harvick 20 20 0 #4
Casey Mears 26 21 5 #13
Kurt Busch 23 22 1 #41
Trevor Bayne 31 23 8 #6
Danica Patrick 24 24 0 #10
Paul Menard 18 25 -7 #27
Tony Stewart 6 26 -20 #14
Chris Buescher 29 27 2 #34
Clint Bowyer 28 28 0 #15
Landon Cassill 33 29 4 #38
Regan Smith 21 30 -9 #7
Dylan Lupton 37 31 6 #83
Matt DiBenedetto 27 32 -5 #93
Jeffrey Earnhardt 38 33 5 #32
Brian Scott 35 34 1 #44
Michael Annett 40 35 5 #46
Carl Edwards 7 36 -29 #19
David Ragan 12 37 -25 #23
Reed Sorenson 34 38 -4 #55
Gray Gaulding 36 39 -3 #30
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 39 40 -1 #17

Top 5 Lap Leaders

Matt Kenseth – 176
Martin Truex Jr. – 147
Jimmie Johnson – 92
Denny Hamlin – 48
Joey Logano – 21

Top 5 Positive Place Differential

Brad Keselowski +17
Austin Dillon +15
Matt Kenseth +13
Greg Biffle +12
Michael McDowell +12

Top 5 Negative Place Differential

Carl Edwards -29
David Ragan -25
Tony Stewart -20
Regan Smith -9
Joey Logano -7
Chase Elliott -7
Paul Menard -7

Top 5 Average Running Position

1 18 Kyle Busch – 3.49
2 78 Martin Truex Jr – 3.94
3 20 Matt Kenseth – 4.01
4 47 AJ Allmendinger – 6.63
5 22 Joey Logano – 6.76

Top 5 Fastest Laps Run

Driver – Percentage – Laps

1 15 Clint Bowyer – 12.4% – 54
2 11 Denny Hamlin – 9.7% – 42
3 20 Matt Kenseth – 9.0% – 39
4 78 Martin Truex Jr – 8.5% – 37
5 38 Landon Cassill – 8.1% – 35

April 2016 Race Results

Driver Starting Spot Finishing Spot Diff Car
Kyle Busch 7 1 6 #18
A.J. Allmendinger 6 2 4 #47
Kyle Larson 17 3 14 #42
Austin Dillon 29 4 25 #3
Brad Keselowski 11 5 6 #2
Carl Edwards 25 6 19 #19
Brian Vickers 3 7 -4 #14
Paul Menard 4 8 -4 #27
Jimmie Johnson 24 9 15 #48
Ryan Newman 5 10 -5 #31
Joey Logano 1 11 -10 #22
Greg Biffle 14 12 2 #16
Kurt Busch 23 13 10 #41
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 21 14 7 #88
Matt Kenseth 9 15 -6 #20
Danica Patrick 28 16 12 #10
Kevin Harvick 19 17 2 #4
Martin Truex Jr. 16 18 -2 #78
Ryan Blaney 12 19 -7 #21
Chase Elliott 10 20 -10 #24
David Ragan 22 21 1 #23
Kasey Kahne 2 22 -20 #5
Jamie McMurray 15 23 -8 #1
Michael McDowell 27 24 3 #95
Clint Bowyer 30 25 5 #15
Brian Scott 26 26 0 #44
Trevor Bayne 32 27 5 #6
Landon Cassill 33 28 5 #38
Matt DiBenedetto 35 29 6 #83
Cole Whitt 31 30 1 #98
Casey Mears 18 31 -13 #13
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 13 32 -19 #17
Chris Buescher 36 33 3 #34
Regan Smith 34 34 0 #7
Michael Annett 38 35 3 #46
Joey Gase 37 36 1 #32
Reed Sorenson 40 37 3 #55
Josh Wise 39 38 1 #30
Denny Hamlin 8 39 -31 #11
Aric Almirola 20 40 -20 #43

Top 5 Lap Leaders

Kyle Busch – 352
Kevin Harvick – 72
Matt Kenseth – 45
Joey Logano – 21
Paul Menard – 10

Top 5 Positive Place Differential

Austin Dillon +25
Carl Edwards +19
Jimmie Johnson +15
Kyle Larson +14
Danica Patrick +12

Top 5 Negative Place Differential

Denny Hamlin -31
Kasey Kahne -20
Aric Almirola -20
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -19
Casey Mears -13

Top 5 Average Running Position

1 18 Kyle Busch – 1.49
2 20 Matt Kenseth – 3.07
3 4 Kevin Harvick – 4.93
4 2 Brad Keselowski – 6.91
5 42 Kyle Larson – 7.10

Top 5 Fastest Laps Run

Driver – Percentage – Laps

1 18 Kyle Busch – 18.8% – 81
2 2 Brad Keselowski – 17.4% – 75
3 4 Kevin Harvick – 16.4% – 71
4 20 Matt Kenseth – 11.1% – 48
5 47 AJ Allmendinger – 5.6% – 24

About the Author

  • Stephen Young (stevietpfl)

  • The long-time host of the popular Morning Grind, Stephen Young, aka stevietpfl is also one of the top NASCAR analysts in the industry. The RotoGrinders lead NASCAR analyst is a multiple time finalist for the Fantasy Sports Writer Association Racing Writer of the Year. Stevie is also a top baseball mind who excels in multiple sports in DFS. He has qualified for multiple live finals including a 3rd place finish at the 2015 FantasyAces Basketball Championship.

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  • rb7676

    why isn’t this ever updated? Martinsville has been almost a month ago

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