Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It’s short track season, and it starts with the Camping World Truck Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 from Martinsville Speedway. Do you like Chaos? Do you enjoy seeing beating and banging action on a Thursday Night? If you answered yes to any of those, then this race is for you.
Move over MASTERS and MLB Opening Day, and hello #TruckNightInAmerica. There may be no better way to a race weekend than the Trucks hitting the short track to get the racing action stated and at all places, Martinsville under the lights in prime time.
With 200 laps projected for the race, action is going to happen all over the place. When handicapping an event like this I look for two main things. One, who do I view as the best driver heading into that race. For this week, the answer is relatively easy, Kyle Busch. A wise man once said “don’t overthink a sure thing” so, with that quote nestled in my brain, it’s hard to argue against betting on Kyle this weekend.
More than likely he’ll come out with the dominate truck so grabbing him now at -110 on DraftKings Sportsbook is a slam dunk play to start. The other element I apply each week is another thing a wise man once said, and that is “You bet what is most likely to happen”. With that mentality entrenched in my mind, the thing that is most likely to happen is Kyle will show up at the track, jump in his truck, put the pedal to the metal, score the dub, and then head back to see the wife Samantha and son Brexton. Shoutout #Buschfam
I know what you’re saying “But Derek, this advice is not rocket science so can you please give us more advice?”. The answer is yes, and that’s why I put the remainder of the plays down below for you to view at your leisure. Please enjoy the hell out of #TruckNightInAmerica as I want to see this hashtag trending all over Twitter so the sports world and the betting public can unite for one epic night.
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Best Bets: Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200
#38 Zane Smith (Top 3 +200 On DraftKings Sportsbook)
It’s simple, the last time the Trucks raced this season (COTA), Zane won. The last time we were at Martinsville, he won. Notice a trend? At +200, I can get a guy that in his two starts at Martinsville has finished Top 3 both times (3rd – 2020 & 1st – 2021).
#99 Ben Rhodes (Top 5 -110 On DraftKings Sportsbook)
I know, not a sexy pick at -110 to finish top 5. However, the ultimate goal is to win money. Right? Well, if you like money then this is a play worth adding to your betting card this week. Rhodes has an average speed rating of 101.7 which is 4th best since 2019. Has an average finish of 6.8 since 2019, and I think has great shot at being a top 5 truck come Thursday. The team has shown consistency in being fast off the truck and if he’s strong in practice and qualifying, this number may not be here. I’m jumping on him now so I don’t miss out.
DraftKings DFS Driver Picks: Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200
#88 Matt Crafton – ($9.2K)
You talk about a gift from the DFS betting gods, this is it. At $9.2K, you can get a guy that historically has had great success at Martinsville. In the last two trips to Martinsville in the Truck Series, Crafton has a pair of 5th place finishes. Love that. Furthermore, the veteran truck driver at this price point will be a huge contributor to your DFS lineup, and you won’t want to miss out on this value.
#52 Stewart Friesen – ($9K)
Now, this is one bad mother trucker that I will have in any DFS lineup I do. A few stats that jumped out to me that make me feel as if this is a no-brainer play. Since 2019 Friesen has a driver rating of 99.5 (6th best), has the 2nd most green flag passes (153), average mid-race running position is 5.5, and has an average finish of 8.5. I see all of these stats improve for Friesen on Thursday, and after practicing on Bristol Dirt in a Cup car on Wednesday, I think Stewart carries some momentum into next week with a solid day on #TruckNightInAmerica.