NASCAR DFS Trucks: Long John Silver's 200


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Long John Silver's 200

Location: Martinsville, Va.
Course: Martinsville Speedway
Format: 0.53 mile oval
Round: 200

NASCAR Trucks Long John Silver 200th Race Preview

The NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series returns to action after a brief break following a trip to Circuit of the Americas, where Corey Heim took his first win of the season. He will be especially confident this week when the series heads to Martinsville Speedway, where he is also the defending race champion. His win last time out made him the fourth driver to punch his ticket to the championship playoffs this season, and there are only six spots left for drivers who can join him in fighting their way into this championship fight. However, his momentum will make Heim one of the drivers the field needs to beat. He dominated last year's Martinsville visit, leading the most laps and winning both stages en route to the finish. For the trucks, this is the second short track stop of the season after Bristol. Christian Eckes won this race just two races ago, and this weekend's visit to Martinsville is one of just eleven remaining opportunities for the rest of the pits to enter this season's playoffs with a race win.

Martinsville Speedway Key Statistics

  • Number of races: 46
  • Winner from pole: 9th
  • Winner from the top 5 starters: 28
  • Winners from the top 10 starters: 38
  • Winner of 21st or lower starters: 2nd
  • Fastest race: 75.296 mph

Previous 10 Martinsville winners

2023 – Corey Heim
2022 – William Byron
2021 – Zane Smith
2020 – Grant Enfinger
Fall 2019 – Todd Gilliland
Spring 2019 – Kyle Busch
Fall 2018 – Johnny Sauter
Spring 2018 – John Hunter Nemechek
Fall 2017 – Noah Gragson
Spring 2017 – Chase Elliott

Martinsville Speedway's flat, paperclip-shaped configuration forces drivers to manage their equipment (tires and brakes) and navigate traffic efficiently to stay on top. Everyone will be looking to maximize grip in the tight corners, and getting the best corner exit onto the track's long straights is what the teams will want to perfect in their setups. The fastest line in Martinsville is always the inside one, and keeping a vehicle as close to the inside curb as possible will maximize lap speed. Vehicles on the outside tend to fall prey to traffic, and if they stray from their lane they can lose several places at once. Therefore, track position and the ability to claim this preferred line is critical. With track position being such an important factor, the teams further back will look to rely on pit and tire strategy throughout the race. Fresh tires will be faster than old ones as grip is scarcer, but loss of track position will be the price teams will have to pay for changing four tires under caution. The winners at this track often come from the top 10, but a few rare wins from further back on the grid are not uncommon.

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DraftKings Value Picks for the Long John Silver's 200 (based on standard $50,000 salary cap)

DraftKings Tier 1 Values

Corey Heim – $11,000
Ty Majeski – $10,700
Christian Eckes – $10,500
Grant Enfinger – $10,200

DraftKings Tier 2 Values

Ben Rhodes – $9,900
Nick Sanchez – $9,600
Sammy Smith – $9,300
Tyler Ankrum – $9,000

DraftKings Tier 3 Values

Rajah Caruth – $8,700
Matt Crafton – $8,500
Stewart Friesen – $8,300

DraftKings Long Shot Values

Taylor Gray – $7,800
William Sawalich – $6,900
Bayley Currey – $6,500
Daniel Dye – $5,800

NASCAR DFS Trucks Tips for the Long John Silver's 200

Ty Majeski – $10,700
Ben Rhodes – $9,900
Matt Crafton – $8,500
Taylor Gray – $7,800
Tanner Gray – $7,300
Daniel Dye – $5,800

Ty Majeski goes into this race weekend in Martinsville second in points but without a win. This race was positive for him last season as he picked up stage points in both segments before finishing fourth. He finished 11th in the 2022 race and this will be his third series start at the track. Ben Rhodes is also winless in 2024 and is just one point behind the playoff plans. Rhodes brings a lot of experience to this week's race, having already made 13 series starts at the track. During this time he achieved an impressive eight top 10 finishes, four of which were in the top five. He also finished seventh or better in his last four Martinsville attempts. Another veteran looking to get into the playoffs with a win this weekend is Matt Crafton. The veteran is a two-time winner with 40 series starts at this track. He finished just 26th last season, but finished in the top 10 at the three Martinsville stops before that.

Taylor Gray could also be a worthy selection for Martinsville. The TRICON Garage driver starts this weekend with four top-10 finishes from the last four races. He also has two eighth-place finishes at Martinsville in three starts. His brother Tanner Gray also has a respectable Martinsville record with two top-five finishes in his last three attempts. Tanner finished 10th last time out at Circuit of the Americas and will work hard to maintain his position in the playoffs, just one point away from safety. After five races of the season, Daniel Dye is in 15th place overall with one top 10 and two top 15 finishes. His only Martinsville Series start was last season when he qualified 21st and finished 31st. Dye should be competing for top-20 and top-15 finishes every week this season, and that should be what fantasy players expect from him this week.

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