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Goody’s Fast Relief 500 At Martinsville Preview


This weekend, NASCAR’s finest head to Martinsville Speedway for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500. This is the 33rd race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and the 7th race in the Chase For The Sprint Cup. In last years running, Jeff Gordon sealed a clutch win over Jamie McMurray to advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead.

Gordon’s Last Hurrah?: Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway is likely Jeff Gordon’s last NASCAR race ever. After calling it a full time career last November, Gordon subbed for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. on a part time basis this season. But, this is his last scheduled race and Jeff could leave the sport (as a driver that is) with a bang. The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion is the defending winner at Martinsville and has more wins (9), top fives (29), top 10s (37) and laps led (3,779) there than he does at any other track.

Busch Going For The Sweep: Kyle Busch will attempt to clock the competition at Martinsville when he goes for a season sweep at the famed short-track. Kyle finally broke through at the track in April with a commanding performance after going winless at Martinsville previously, leading 352 of the 500 laps.

Good To Be On Top: At The Paperclip, The Coors Light Pole is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Martinsville, producing more wins (21) than any other starting position. Only seven of the 135 races (5.2%) at the southern Virginia track have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.

AJ The Spoiler?: AJ Allmendinger showed promise earlier in the season with a 2nd place finish in April at this exact track. While his season hasn’t been up to par, there’s no shame for the 47 JTG Racing driver as he has 4 top 20 and 2 top 10 finishes in the last five races at Martinsville. Expect him to play as a factor this weekend, especially as a sleeper.

Jimmie Paperclip: Jimmie Johnson’s quest for a record tying 7th Sprint Cup Series championship brings him to Martinsville, which he has been a complete juggernaut at his whole career. In 29 career starts at Martinsville, Johnson owns eight wins, 18 top fives, 23 top 10s and an average finish of 7.5. His average running position (8.0) and driver rating 117.8 rank second among active drivers at the .526-mile track.

Below is some NASCAR Fantasy advice for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 and the drivers to consider and to avoid:

Drivers To Consider: Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, and Tony Stewart

Drivers To Avoid: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chase Elliott, Trevor Bayne, Brad Keselowski, and Kasey Kahne

Potential Sleepers: A.J. Allmendinger, Paul Menard, Greg Biffle, Martin Truex Jr., and David Ragan

When and Where to Watch: The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 At Martinsville Speedway starts Sunday at 1:00pm on NBCSN