NASCAR returns to its short-track roots this weekend with a visit to historic Martinsville Speedway, the oldest track in NASCAR, as well as the shortest in distance at just 0.526 miles. The track will play host to the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, with live coverage beginning on Sunday at 11:00 p.m. on DSport.
The Monster Energy Cup Series returns to the East Coast after three weeks of racing out West. Martinsville Speedway is a flat paperclip-shaped half-mile track that produces some intense racing. Drivers who end the race without a scratch on their car probably did not do a good enough job battling for position. It takes a good car and an aggressive attitude to win the STP 500.
The race this week will come down to brakes and restarts. Drivers must smash the gas pedal on the 800 feet straightway and then use a lot of brake to get through the u-turns at each end of the track. Martinsville drives much like a road course so the drivers who excel at Sonoma will also be good.
The best time to make up positions is on the restarts. Drivers who start on the inside line have a tremendous advantage over their competitors on the outside. Some drivers may try to give up a spot in the pits just to start on the inside lane.
Track position is more important at Martinsville than is may be at any track this season. Sometimes the only way to make a pass is by pushing another driver out of the way.
Fantasy teams must select drivers who start deep in the field in order to score position differential points, but do not go crazy this week. Expert recommend selecting the drivers who start between positions 8-20. If you select drivers starting outside the top 20 they could quickly go a lap down and spend the race of the race trying to regain the lap they lost.
Source: Fox Sports