NASCAR Race Spoilers: Top 5 for Saturday Night’s Blue-Emu Maximum Paint Relief 500 (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN)

Everyone loves as a good storyline. Well, one of them in NASCAR this year is the unlikely winners. Yes, Christopher Bell and William Byron aren’t the greatest longshot victors. I think most would have considered them a threat to win at least at some point this year. But, to do so that early in the season?

That combined with Michael McDowell’s triumph in the season opening Daytona 500 has given us a lot of fun. Now, can we get another on a short track on Saturday night?

Here are five to watch.


Ryan Blaney

Joe Gibbs Racing or Team Penske will surely contend for a victory. JGR and Penske have put four cars in the top five of the finishing order in three of the last four Martinsville races and have won four of the last five and five of the last seven there overall too. Blaney, is a Penske driver.

He came home runner-up in both races a year ago and was fourth and fifth respectively in 2019. Blaney, has five top fives in his last six tries on the Virginia paperclip overall. He’s had a top 10 in all four races run last month too.

Christopher Bell

Remember that stat above about JGR and Penske’s success at Martinsville? Well, Bell drives for JGR. He has three top eight’s, two of which are top fives, in four Truck Series starts there too.

Alex Bowman

He never considers himself a great Martinsville racer, but Bowman finished sixth in both races last year and has three top sevens in six tries on the paperclip with HMS.

William Byron

Worth a play here too. Byron, has top two eight’s in his last three Martinsville starts including a runner-up in the playoff race in 2019.

Matt DiBenedetto

He was seventh and 10th respectively in 2020. Why not a win in 2021?

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