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The early-season scheduling carousel continues this weekend as the series shifts from the massive 2.0-mile Auto Club Speedway to the smallest track on the schedule. Martinsville Speedway will host Sunday's STP 500, and in addition to the track's tiny half-mile layout, its flat corners and paperclip-shaped layout makes it a unique challenge for drivers and teams. Martinsville is particularly rough on brakes, and when you throw in a narrow pit road that can be just as treacherous as the track itself, a promising day can go in the wrong direction in a hurry.

The track's unique layout also has some fantasy implications as a trio of drivers have absolutely mastered Martinsville and stand head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. The three have combined to win 12 of the last 15 races at the track, including three straight. As a result, you pretty much have to build your fantasy roster around at least one of those three drivers if you have any hope of having a successful week. You still have to round out your roster with some solid sleeper additions, but the clear separation between the top three options and everyone else makes a few your selections no-brainers.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  2. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  3. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  4. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  5. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  6. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  7. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  8. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  9. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  10. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  11. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  12. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  13. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  14. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  15. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  16. Brian Vickers, Aaron's Dream Machine
  17. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  18. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  19. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  20. Kyle Larson, Target
  21. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  22. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  23. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  24. Austin Dillon, Dow Chemical/Cheerios
  25. Paul Menard, Menards
  26. Danica Patrick, GoDaddy.com
  27. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest
  28. Casey Mears, GEICO
  29. Justin Allgaier, Brandt
  30. David Gilliland, Love's Travel Stops/A&W Restaurants
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5 Comments

Has Hamlin beeen cleared to race? (vision) There's been no official NASCAR statement on his status. Surprised you make no mention of this, especially because Hamlin did not drive last week.

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mptrevino 03/26/14 09:06 AM
FFToolbox.com Writer

Joe Gibbs Racing announced earlier today that Hamlin is good to go for Sunday's race. He had a piece of metal in his eye that was causing the vision issues and headaches, but doctors removed it and he is good to go.

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Brian Polking 03/26/14 08:44 PM

Who comes up with these picks? You or KFFL? Or are you affiliated?

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Acooper12 03/27/14 07:25 PM
FFToolbox.com Writer

I come up with the picks for both FFToolbox and KFFL. The rankings here at FFToolbox include my expanded commentary for my top 30 picks each week.

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Brian Polking 03/28/14 05:38 AM

Cool thanks Brian. Doing the lord's work here, making me money in our homemade fantasy league.

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Acooper12 03/28/14 03:13 PM

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