NASCAR Truck Series DFS: NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville Speedway DraftKings Preview

Brian Polking

After taking a weekend off, the Gander Outdoors Truck Series returns to action this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. The flat, half-mile oval will host Saturday's NASCAR Hall of Fame 200, the second race of the year paperclip-shaped oval.

Saturday's race will actually be 50 laps shorter than the spring event, but we still have 200 laps on tap. There are more than enough dominator points available to allow multiple drivers to post hefty point totals, especially since Kyle Busch won't be around to monopolize a majority of those dominator points like he did in the spring race here.

I won't be shy about paying up for a couple of studs, even if it means pinching pennies on the backend to fit under the cap. Drivers starting up front have also had the inside track to leading laps here, especially the pole-sitter. If a big name is leading the field to the green this weekend, I will have a ton of exposure.

If someone unexpected grabs the pole, they could still be an excellent GPP option. Yes, they probably won't win and will finish with a negative place differential, but even if they lead the first 30 laps or so and settle for a Top 10, the point total could be well worth the price tag.

At the end of the day, nailing to the top dominators needs to be your main focus. If you do that, you are going to be in great shape to cash. From there, I recommend targeting drivers with solid equipment and a little differential upside for your cash lineups. For the bigger GPP contests, you will probably need to role the dice on some high-upside plays. There are several drivers with little or no experience in the Truck Series that have good rides for Saturday's race that I have my eye on.

Check out all of my favorite NASCAR DFS plays at DraftKings for the NASCAR Truck Series Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville Speedway.


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Must-Own Drivers

Ross Chastain ($11,400)

Chastain finished seventh in his Martinsville debut back in 2017, and in his second start at the track back in March, he gave Kyle Busch a run for his money. He settled for a fourth-place finish, but not before he led 53 laps. Busch won't be in the field this time around, so don't be surprised if Chastain ends up leading the most laps and finishing as top scorer at DraftKings.

Brett Moffitt ($10,700)

Although he hasn't piled up dominator points in his Martinsville starts, Moffitt has compiled an impressive 3.5 average finish in four starts. He has finished sixth or better in all four of those races, finishing third or better in three straight. At worst, he should deliver a Top 5, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him spend a lot of time out front.

Johnny Sauter ($10,100)

The veteran has shown the ideal blend of reliability and upside at Martinsville. Over the last 10 races here, Sauter has notched eight Top 10s and led 334 laps. He has actually finished third or better in four of the last six races here, winning twice and leading 30-plus laps four times. Sauter won the fall race here last year in dominant fashion, leading 148 of the 200 laps.

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Difference Makers and Value Plays

Grant Enfinger ($11,000)

He is probably not going to provide many dominator points this weekend, but Enfinger has cracked the Top 15 in four straight starts at Martinsville, finishing seventh or better in two of the last three races. He also gained 12 spots in the spring race earlier this year, and if Enfinger has another mediocre qualifying effort this weekend, he should be a strong option for cash lineups.

Ben Rhodes ($9,800)

He has been knocking on the door of a win at Martinsville since last year, and Rhodes has shown a high ceiling at this track. He led 134 laps in the spring race last year before an issue on pit road knocked him out of contention, and Rhodes followed up that run with a fourth-place run last fall and a runner-up effort in March. He has serious dominator upside this weekend.

Matt Crafton ($9,100)

Crafton has put together a strong resume at Martinsville, and over the last 10 races, he has seven Top 10s and has seven Top 10s and a 7.7 average finish. He also has four finishes of third or better, including a win, in that stretch, and while he hasn't provided a ton of dominator points here the last couple of years, Crafton is still one of the safest bets for a Top 10 run this weekend.

Christian Eckes ($8,900)

The 2019 ARCA champ will make his 11-th Truck Series start this weekend, and in 10 previous starts over the past two years, Eckes has logged six Top 10s and posted a 6.9 average finish. One of those starts came at Martinsville in 2018, and he delivered a ninth-place finish in his track debut. Behind the wheel of a Kyle Busch Motorsports entry, Eckes should be a Top 10 threat with Top 5 upside.

Jeb Burton ($8,500)

Burton will make his second start of the year for Niece Motorsports, and in his race with the team, he gained 19 spots and finished ninth at Kentucky. His resume at Martinsville in the Truck Series includes a pair of third-place finishes in seven starts and a Top 15 in his most recent start here last year. We’ve seen what Ross Chastain can do in the same equipment, and Burton should at least offer Top 10 upside for a midrange price.

John Hunter Nemechek ($8,300)

Nemechek has been an all-or-nothing option at Martinsville, but you have to love him as a contrarian dominator to the top series regulars. He won the spring race here last season, and in his last seven Truck starts at Martinsville, Nemechek has four finishes of third or better and three finishes of 28th or worse. Nemechek has led double-digit laps three times in that stretch, leading 30-plus laps twice.

Sleeper Specials

Sam Mayer ($7,200)

The K&N East Series champ will make just his second Truck start this weekend, and Mayer was on his way to a Top 10 run at Bristol in his series debut earlier this year before he was wrecked late in the race. The 16-year-old finished the K&N season with 11 Top 5s and four wins in 12 races, and he finished in the Top 5 in seven of his eight ARCA starts. He will drive for GMS Racing again this weekend, and he has a legitimate shot at a Top 10.

Tanner Gray ($6,200)

The 20-year-old made the jump to NASCAR’s lower series this year, and he will take the next step in his racing career this weekend when he pilots a DGR-Crosley entry at Martinsville. His resume includes three runner-up efforts in three starts in the K&N West Series this year, and he has decent results at short tracks and flat tracks in some K&N East starts. Gray finished fifth and second in the two starts at New Hampshire in that series, and he logged sixth-place finishes at Bristol and Iowa. With solid equipment, I don’t mind gambling on Gray at this price.

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