Short track, impound rules provide twist at Martinsville

Jeff Cogliandro  
Point Spread Weekly

March 23, 2019 08:19 PM

Martinsville will be the scene of the first short-track race of the season, where there is a long history of banged-up race cars and even shorter tempers. Drivers who are starting deeper in the field than preferred will try their best to battle tight traffic on the track and dangerous conditions on pit road. The drivers who can minimize damage and make the changes that will allow their cars to perform well on the bottom of the track will put themselves in good spot to leave Virginia with a solid finish.

In the last eight races at Martinsville, the deepest that a winner has started is 15th place. Starting near the front is paramount due to the single groove racing and very tight pit stalls. As we have already seen this season, both Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske have been especially strong. While Martinsville is very different than any track run so far in 2019, there is ample reason to expect more of the same.

Martinsville is an impound race, which means that the cars will begin to go through inspection Sunday morning at 8 a.m. ET. The selections provided are not final until it is known if any of the key drivers are being sent to the rear for violations. This factor is crucial at Martinsville. Once we know that all matchup drivers are clear of infractions, then plays below should be considered viable. Please stay tuned to the lastest news for information regarding failed inspections as the race draws near.

To win the race (parital plays)

Martin Truex Jr. (5-1)

Aric Almirola (25-1)

Matchups

Martin Truex Jr. (plus 140): over Kyle Busch (-160)

Kurt Busch (plus 115): over Jimmie Johnson (-135)

Kyle Larson (-110): over Erik Jones (-110)

Clint Bowyer (-135): over Ryan Blaney (plus 115)

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