Prime Sports NASCAR – weekly fantasy team update leaving Homestead and heading to Martinsville

The rich get richer. A week after Eric dominated in Vegas, he did so again in Homestead in going 1-2 including 4 of his 7 drivers in the top 10. He also had 5 drivers in the top 13 at that which grows his points lead over Greg to.

Greg went 4-8-11 while CJ had 6-9-12 as his top 3.

Next up?

Martinsville.

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Xfinity 500 Favorites:
Hendrick Motorsports
They’ve won three of the last four at Martinsville including five of the last eight Fall races there at that. Chase Elliott won the pole and dominated the first two stages back in the spring before a pit road penalty relegated him to a Top-10 instead of a Top-5. Elliott won the 2020 Fall race en route to a Championship 4 appearance here. He also has four Top-5’s in his last seven Martinsville starts, three of them being in the top two.
William Byron picked up where Elliott left off in the spring. He finished second in both stages and led the final 212 laps for the win. Byron has five Top-8’s in his last six Martinsville starts including a runner-up in the playoff race in 2019, fourth and fifth respectively last year and a win in the spring race.
Another one to watch for them is Alex Bowman. He never considers himself a great Martinsville racer, but Bowman finished sixth in both races in 2020 and the won last year’s playoff race. Bowman, has four Top-7’s in nine tries on the paperclip with HMS.
Team Penske
They had the other two spots in the Top-4 in the spring race. Austin Cindric was a respectable 11th as a rookie too. Joey Logano has pair of Top-5 finishes came at Martinsville in 2020 and again this past spring (2nd) to go along with eight Top-10’s in his last nine tries. Finally for Ryan Blaney, he was fourth in the spring race while also coming home runner-up in both races in 2020. He was fourth and fifth respectively in 2019. Blaney, has six Top-5s in his last nine tries on the Virginia paperclip overall. While he was 11th in both races last year, he did sweep both stages in the spring race.
Martin Truex Jr.
He’s won three of the last six Martinsville races. The only ones he didn’t win was the last two Fall races to where he led 129 laps in the Fall of 2020 and was fourth last year. Truex, has seven top-5’s in his last 10 tries on the Virginia paperclip.
Kyle Busch
Busch, has 13 Top-10 finishes in his last 14 at Martinsville including a runner-up last Halloween.
Xfinity 500 Sleepers
Ross Chastain
Finished fifth this past spring there.
Christopher Bell
He has three Top 8’s, two of which are Top 5’s, in four Truck Series starts at Martinsville and was seventh and 20th the last two April races in the Cup Series.
Austin Dillon
Finished third in the spring race so worth a look.
Aric Almirola
He’s not had a Top-5 ever on this track, but was 20th and sixth last year respectively and eighth in the spring.
Brad Keselowski
Keselowski has six Top-5 finishes in his last eight starts in Martinsville including 10 in his last 13 overall. He has four Top-3’s in his last seven there too.
Xfinity 500 Fades
Denny Hamlin
Four of his last five Martinsville finishes have seen him come home 11th or worse (28th in the spring).
Kyle Larson
Larson, has one Top-5 (5th place last year) in his last 10 Martinsville tries including 11 of his 15 tries there seeing him finish outside the Top-15.
Kevin Harvick
He’s had just two Top-5s in his last 20 Martinsville starts including 15th and 17th in 2020, ninth and 12th last year and 14th in the spring.
Xfinity 500 Top Stats:
• JGR, Penske, HMS have won 15 of the last 16 Martinsville races including three of the last four belonging to HMS.
• There’s been eight straight different winners of this Fall race (Earnhardt Jr., Gordon, Johnson, KyBusch, Logano, Truex, Elliott, Bowman).
• That’s an HMS win in five of the eight Fall races.
• Four of the last six winners all have come from a Top-5 starting spot
• 11 of the last 13 started in the top 10 at that.

Xfinity 500 Live Trends:
• The eventual race winner had a Top-5 finish in the first stage every year minus last Fall.
• William Byron finished second in both stages this past spring.
• This year, the eventual race winner has finished in the Top-5 in Stage 1 just twice in the last 16 races with three of the last five of them not even scoring any points.
• Stage 2 has seen the eventual winner score stage points in 11 of the last 19 races run. However, just once in those 10 races did they finish better than fourth though too.
• If you want to win, you better find yourself in the top two or three by the end of the second stage. Since we began stage racing in 2017, the eventual winner has finished either first (4 times), second (3 times) or third (twice) in nine of the 11 second stages.
• Starting spots on short tracks this year for the eventual race winners: sixth (Phoenix), 13th for both Richmond races, fifth (Martinsville spring), fourth (Dover), fifth (Loudon), 20th (Bristol).
• In three of the seven short track races run this season, the driver to lead the most laps won the race in the end.
• In four of the seven races, those laps all occurred in the final stage. In fact, Chris Buescher at Bristol is the only winner to have led more than 19 laps in the first stage. The race winner is better to be found in Stage 2.
Eight of the 11 races under the stage era here saw the driver to lead the most laps win the race in the end.

2022 FANTASY STANDINGS

1 TEAM ERIC 

2 TEAM GDP –1,520 points

3 TEAM CJ – 2,535 points 

1 TEAM ERIC – 11,580 points (12 wins)

R Chastain… 2,040 (2 wins)

J Logano… 2,035 (3 wins)

D Hamlin… 1,980 (2 wins)

K Larson… 1,800 (2 wins)

D Suarez… 1,215 (1 win)

C Buescher… 765 (1 win)

C Briscoe…320

Waived/Traded Drivers… (1,425; 1 win)

2 TEAM GDP – 10,060 points (12 wins)

C Bell… 1,540 (2 wins)

T Reddick…1,505 (3 wins)

K Harvick…1,475 (2 wins)

R Blaney… 1,420 (1 win)

A Dillon…560

B Keselowski…260

AJ Allmendinger…160

Waived/Traded Drivers… (3,140; 4 wins)

3 TEAM CJ – 9,045 points (10 wins)

C Elliott… 1,840 (5 wins)

Kyle B… 1,600 (1 win)

W Byron… 1,275 (2 wins)

A Cindric… 1,220 (1 win)

M Truex Jr… 1,245

E Jones… 1,145 (1 win)

T Gibbs… 205

Waived Drivers… (515)

LEAGUE TRANSACTIONS

10/24 (After Race 34/Homestead)Team GDP waives N Gragson (40 pointsand A Almirola (120 pointsfor B Keselowski (260 pointsand AJ Allmendinger (160 points).

 

10/18 (After Race 33/Las Vegas)Team GDP waives B Wallace (750 points/1 winN Gragson.

 

10/10 (After Race 32/Roval) Team ERIC waives A Dillon (300 points) for C Briscoe.

10/10 (After Race 32/Roval) Team GDP waives AJ Allmendinger (160 pointsand M McDowell (235 pointsfor A Almirola and A Dillon.

 

10/4 (After Race 31/Talladega)Team GDP waives B Keselowski (260 pointsfor AJ Allmendinger.

 

9/29 (After Race 30/Texas) Team GDP waives A Bowman (825 points/1 winfor M McDowell (55 points).

 

9/27 (After Race 30/Texas) Team GDP waives C Briscoe (705 points/1 win) for B Keselowski (240 points).

 

8/28 (After Race 26/Daytona)Team ERIC waives M McDowell (30 points) for A Dillon.

 

8/17 (After Race 25/Richmond)Team ERIC waives A Almirola (495 points) and T Gibbs (30 points) for C Buescher and M McDowell.

8/17 (After Race 25/Richmond)Team CJ waives A Dillon (460 points) for T Gibbs.

 

8/5 (After Race 23/Indianapolis RC) Team ERIC waives Kurt B (295 points, 1 win) for Ty Gibbs. 

 

8/1 (After Race 23/Indianapolis RC)

Team GDP waives B Keselowski (240 points) for B Wallace (200 points). 

 

7/18 (After Race 20/New Hampshire)

Team GDP waives M McDowell (55 points) for B Keselowski (210 points). 

 

5/27 (After Race 18/Nashville)

Team GDP waives R Stenhouse Jr. (105 points) for M McDowell. 

 

5/16 (After Race 13/Kansas)

Team GDP waives J Haley (0 points) for R Stenhouse Jr. 

 

5/9 (After Race 12/Darlington)

Team GDP waives B Keselowski (210 points) for J Haley. 

 

4/25 (After Race 10/Talladega)

Team CJ waives H Burton (55 points) for E Jones.

 

3/15 (After Race 4/Phoenix)

Team GDP waives D Wallace (200 points) for C Bell

 

3/14 (After Race 4/Phoenix) 

Team ERIC waives C Bell (35 points) for R Chastain. 

 

3/2 (After Race 2/Fontana) 

Team GDP waives C Buescher (30 points) for C Briscoe. 

 

3/29 (After Race 6/Texas Road)Team GDP Acquired K Harvick (120 points) and T Reddick (120 points) from Team ERIC for K Larson (170 points, 1 win) and Kurt B (160 points).

 

 

Weekly Race Points Standings

 

Week 35 Homestead

1 ERIC 2,000

2 CJ 960

3 GDP 880

 

Week 34 Las Vegas

1 ERIC 2,160

2 CJ 1,080

3 GDP 760

 

Week 33 Roval

1 GDP 1,080

2 CJ 400

3 ERIC 360

 

Week 32 Talladega

1 CJ 780

2 ERIC 600

3 GDP 540

 

Week 31 Texas

1 GDP 800

2 ERIC 700

3 CJ 360

 

Week 30 Bristol

1 ERIC 430

2 CJ 230

3 GDP 210

 

Week 29 Kansas

1 GDP 460

2 ERIC 400

3 CJ 240

 

Week 28 Darlington

1 CJ 330

1 GDP 330

3 ERIC 310

 

POINTS INCREASE

 

Week 27 Daytona

1 CJ 135

2 GDP 130

3 ERIC 35

 

Week 26 Watkins Glen

1 ERIC 255

2 GDP 110

3 CJ 105

 

Week 25 Richmond

1 GDP 225

2 CJ 150

3 ERIC 140

 

Week 24 Michigan

1 GDP 250

2 ERIC 150

3 CJ 120

 

Week 23 Indianapolis (Road)

1 GDP 140

2 CJ 120

3 ERIC 60

 

Week 22 Pocono

1 CJ 210

2 GDP 165

3 ERIC 110

 

Week 21 New Hampshire

1 GDP 180

2 CJ 175

3 ERIC 145

 

Week 20 Atlanta

1 CJ 215

2 ERIC 155

3 GDP 105

 

Week 19 Road America

1 GDP 230

2 ERIC 145

3 CJ 130

 

Week 18 Nashville

1 ERIC 230

2 CJ 180

3 GDP 120

 

Week 17 Sonoma

1 ERIC 190

2 CJ 135

3 GDP 110

 

Week 16 Illinois

1 ERIC 235

2 CJ 175

3 GDP 105

 

Week 15 Coke 600 (Prime 3 Race)

1 GDP 645

2 ERIC 525

3 CJ 315

 

Week 14 All-Star

1 GDP 120

2 ERIC 100

3 CJ 40

 

Week 13 Kansas

1 ERIC 245

2 CJ 125

3 GDP 120

 

Week 12 Darlington

1 ERIC 165

2 GDP 155

3 CJ 110

 

Week 11 Dover

1 CJ 190

2 GDP 150

3 ERIC 110

 

Week 10 Talladega

1 CJ 195

2 ERIC 180

3 GDP 90

 

Week 9 Bristol Dirt

1 GDP 185

2 CJ 165

3 ERIC 105

 

Week 8 Martinsville

1 CJ 230

2 ERIC 180

3 GDP 140

 

Week 7 Richmond

1 GDP 210

2 CJ 180

3 ERIC 175

 

Week 6 Texas (Road)

1 ERIC 185

2 CJ 165

3 GDP 160

 

Week 5 Atlanta

1 CJ 165

2 ERIC 150

3 GDP 130

 

Week 4 Phoenix

1 GDP 210

2 ERIC 175

3 CJ 75

 

Week 3 Las Vegas

1 GDP 190

2 CJ 180

3 ERIC 130

 

Week 2 Fontana

1 ERIC 165

2 GDP 160

3 CJ 125

 

Week 1 Daytona 500 (Prime 3 Race)

1 CJ 555

2 GDP 465

3 ERIC 180

 

Driver Standings (Top 10)

 

1 R Chastain… 2,040 (ERIC)

2 J Logano… 2,035 (ERIC)

3 D Hamlin… 1,980 (ERIC)

4 K Larson… 1,970 (ERIC)

5 C Elliott… 1,840 (CJ)

6 T Reddick… 1,625 (GDP)

7 Kyle B… 1,600 (CJ)

8 K Harvick… 1,595 (GDP)

9 C Bell… 1,575 (GDP)

10 R Blaney… 1,420 (GDP)

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