The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series is winding down, and before we head out west to Phoenix to determine a Champion, the Final Four has to be decided at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Martinsville is a 0.526-mile race track that always produces some awesome, tight-quarters racing. There’s 500 laps scheduled for Sunday’s Xfinity 500, which means the teams and drivers will have to be mistake-free for quite a while if they want to be in contention for the win at the end.

Optimal Lineup According to Jordan’s Projections

Denny Hamlin leaning next to car at Pocono 2021
Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images

The optimal FanDuel lineup for Martinsville on Sunday afternoon according to my Projections is:

  • Denny Hamlin
  • Ryan Blaney
  • Joey Logano
  • Aric Almirola
  • Ryan Newman

Confidence Rating = 5.2/10. Not really feeling this lineup, to be honest with you. It starts off well with the Hamlin-Blaney duo, but tacking on Joey Logano as well really requires a specific scenario to work out. Then, Almirola isn’t a guarantee by any means, and Newman is Newman. I’d much rather go with something like Hamlin, Blaney, Byron, Bell, and Stenhouse, or a build similar to that. One high projected lineup that I don’t hate is: Hamlin, Logano, Keselowski, Harvick, and Newman.

FanDuel Driver Projections for the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville

The following chart takes into account the very basics: the starting position and the projected finish of each driver. The projected finishes are averaged from six different ranking systems. Also factored in are projected laps led for each driver. You can click the headers below to sort the chart by that attribute. By default it is sorted by average projected FPTS.

DriverFanDuel SalaryAvg Proj PtsStarting PositionCeiling Proj PtsDollar Per Pt
Denny Hamlin$13,500103.523111.60$130
Ryan Blaney$12,00095.808109.00$125
Martin Truex Jr.$14,50095.604117.00$152
Joey Logano$11,50095.405105.90$121
Brad Keselowski$11,00089.72699.80$123
Chase Elliott$14,00089.502101.30$156
Kyle Larson$13,00085.70197.90$152
William Byron$10,00085.151194.40$117
Kevin Harvick$9,30084.00991.60$111
Christopher Bell$9,50083.451292.00$114
Kyle Busch$10,50081.75789.00$128
Alex Bowman$9,00080.751387.00$111
Aric Almirola$8,00079.652385.20$100
Tyler Reddick$8,50078.901890.00$108
Matt DiBenedetto$7,80077.652182.00$100
Kurt Busch$8,30076.001084.00$109
Ross Chastain$7,50074.901685.50$100
Austin Dillon$6,50073.151480.00$89
Erik Jones$5,50072.452879.50$76
Ryan Newman$4,50072.452782.00$62
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.$5,00072.052578.00$69
Daniel Suarez$6,00071.052080.00$84
Bubba Wallace$7,00070.051784.90$100
Cole Custer$5,70069.702476.00$82
Corey LaJoie$4,00069.352980.00$58
Chris Buescher$5,80067.801579.00$86
Ryan Preece$4,50066.352675.60$68
Chase Briscoe$5,00064.352270.50$78
Justin Haley$4,00063.303566.50$63
Anthony Alfredo$3,50061.803266.50$57
Michael McDowell$4,50060.751972.00$74
B.J. McLeod$2,50058.503061.00$43
Quin Houff$3,00057.403661.00$52
Garrett Smithley$2,00056.803763.00$35
Josh Bilicki$2,50056.153359.50$45
Cody Ware$3,00055.403160.00$54
Joey Gase$2,00054.003457.00$37
Timmy Hill$2,00052.503856.00$38
As someone who has always been obsessed with numbers, Fantasy NASCAR has been the perfect fit with me. I pride myself on the quality of my analysis for each race, and am glad that I have been able to help others along the way. I've been a serious Fantasy NASCAR player for over 10 years now, and I'm just getting started.