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Chase Elliott struggled a little in the first and only practice session before STP 500 qualification. His top speed of 96.337 mph was only 29th best. He must qualify in the top 36 to make the show since the No. 25 does not have any owner points.

Elliott has the experience of his teammates to fall back on, however, and they are liable to contribute to a setup that is good enough to improve a few positions. Once qualified, he has all day Saturday to get his rhythm.
Mar 27 - 3:09 PM

Ryan Newman posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the STP 500. His top speed was 97.835 mph, which narrowly beat AJ Allmendinger with a 97.679 and Jeff Gordon with a 97.664.

This is not usually one of Newman’s better tracks, but he finished third last fall after qualifying ninth. His single victory came in 2012 after starting fifth, so starting position would seem to be a key factor in his success.
Mar 27 - 3:03 PM

Austin Dillon blew an engine in the final minutes of the first practice session at Martinsville. He was 15th fastest at the time.

Martinsville is a rhythm track and not generally hard on engines. Still, this will hurt Dillon’s handicap for the STP 500 and makes him a risky fantasy proposition.
Mar 27 - 2:58 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been running at the end of every Martinsville race he started, but in his first three attempts he failed to finish on the lead lap. Last fall, he finally went the complete distance and finished 15th.

Stenhouse still has some room to improve, so he should be considered a decent value in most fantasy games. Another mid-teens finish makes him worthy of a start, but puts him in heavy competition with several others at his level.
Mar 27 - 11:57 AM

Last week was the first time Ragan appeared comfortable behind the wheel of the No. 18. This week he returns to a track where he scored a top-10 in 2015.

Ragan’s latest effort at Martinsville ended in a 10th-place finish in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. It was this first lead lap finish in the No. 34 and he had to overcome crash damage to get it. This week he will be a good value if he stays out of trouble.
Mar 27 - 11:57 AM

Brett Moffitt will make his first start at Martinsville this week, but he has tasted success there in the past. He won the 2010 UNOH Performance 200 in the K&N East series.

Normally that would not be enough to excite fantasy players, but Moffitt has performed well in the No. 55 this year and he could be on track to finish in the top 20.
Mar 27 - 11:54 AM

Trevor Bayne has made one previous Cup start at Martinsville while racing for the Wood Bros. That came in 2011 when he finished 35th after qualifying 25th.

Bayne lost 40 laps that afternoon, which failed to give him much experience. Treat him as if Martinsville were a blank slate.
Mar 27 - 11:53 AM

David Gilliland has finished better than he started in the last six consecutive races at Martinsville. He also improved over his qualification effort in three of the previous four events and was sidelined by crash damage in the one race in which he faded.

Last spring Gilliland improved 13 positions in the spring and 12 in the fall. That makes him a great value in games that offer place differential points.
Mar 27 - 11:52 AM

Johnny Sauter, who will be making his 15th start at the Martinsville Virginia track in Saturday afternoon's Kroger 250, has two wins at the "paperclip."

In fact, the ThorSport Racing driver has more wins, and more laps led (286) than any other driver entered in the 250-lap event. More importantly, those two wins came in the spring races of 2011 and 2013. For a driver who is the definition of passion and perseverance, especially at Martinsville Speedway, Sauter hopes to "spring" into victory lane on Saturday.-ThorSport Racing
Mar 26 - 10:57 PM

In March 2014, Matt Crafton started 10th, led a track-high 47 laps, and held off fellow Toyota Racing driver, Darrell Wallace, Jr., during a second attempt at a green-white-checker flag finish to claim his first victory at the half-mile paperclip Martinsville Speedway.

Crafton, who has more starts (26) than any other driver entered in Saturday's 250-lap event, is tied with Timothy Peters for the most top-five finishes (six), has the most top-10 finishes (14), and has completed the most laps (5752) around the.526-mile track - a combination that could have the two-time champion "Clocking-In" to victory lane on Saturday.-ThorSport Racing
Mar 26 - 10:55 PM

In 18 previous starts at the 0.526-mile Martinsville Speedway, Timothy Peters holds one win, six top-five finishes and 12 top-10 finishes.

He has an average starting position of 8.6 and an average finishing position of 12.4. He has completed 3987 of 4119 laps (96.8 percent).-Red Horse Racing
Mar 26 - 10:50 PM

Last year, Ben Kennedy recorded a career-best third-place finish in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.

In three previous starts at the 0.526-mile track, Kennedy has two top-fives and two top-10 finishes. He has an 11th-place average starting position and an average finishing position of 7.7.-Red Horse Racing
Mar 26 - 10:47 PM

Matt Tifft returns to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Saturday, March 28th in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway (VA).

Tifft, a Kyle Busch Motorsports driver, will pilot the Venturini Motorsports (VMS) prepared No. 25 Clinical Research Management (ClinicalRM) Toyota Tundra and carry a special message honoring a vast group of partners who’ve collaborated with ClinicalRM and their recent global efforts fighting the Ebola Virus epidemic.-Venturini Motorsports
Mar 26 - 10:42 PM

Ray Black Jr., driver of the No. 07 ScubaLife Chevrolet will make his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Saturday afternoon.

Black made his series debut at the historic short track in March 2014, where he started in the 29th position and raced to a 24th-place finish in his first-ever NCWTS race. With the first two races of the season in the books, Ray Black, Jr. continues to rank inside the top-10 (eighth) in the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver standings.-A2B Strategies LLC
Mar 26 - 10:39 PM

Tyler Reddick has led the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings following the past two races and holds a two point lead in the standings entering the Kroger 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

The driver of the Draw-Tite Ford F-150 has two previous starts at the .526-mile speedway with a best finish of sixth (October 2014) and has completed all 456 possible laps in those two races. Other notes: Scored first NCWTS victory in season opening race at Daytona (18th career start). Racked up back to back top five finishes in both races this season - first time in his career he's scored consecutive top fives.-Brad Keselowski Racing
Mar 26 - 10:30 PM

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