For the first time since 2006 the NASCAR XFINITY Series will return to Martinsville Speedway for Saturday’s Draft Top 250 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC).
Moreso than ever, this makes experience on such a unique, flat and half-mile short track crucial since these cars haven’t made a lap at the track dubbed “The Paperclip” in 14 years.
This also opens the door for under-the-radar drivers with experience in other series to find their way to the front and challenge for good finishes.
In fact, once such driver in very good equipment who has made plenty of laps at Martinsville caught my eye as soon as I saw the entry list, and I’m betting him to win and finish in the top three.
NASCAR XFINITY Series at Martinsville Picks
Myatt Snider has made only six starts in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21 Chevy this year, but has performed well in those runs, scoring two top-five finishes.
And no matter who is behind the wheel, this car has shown plenty of speed this year, highlighted by Anthony Alfredo’s top-3 finish last weekend at Texas.
Now it’s Snider’s turn at Martinsville, a track he knows well.
Myatt has three Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series starts on this circuit, finishing sixth, third and sixth.
To put this in perspective, Snider has seven career top-six finishes in 35 Truck Series starts, three of which have come at Martinsville.
Does this mean he’s a lock to run up front in the Draft Top 250? Absolutely not, but we aren’t betting him as a driver expected to run there either.
Snider is a cool 55-1 to win at FanDuel, a very enticing number for a driver with the experience and equipment to bring it home if the race falls his way.
Remember, the series has not visited this tough track in almost 15 years and there will be eight playoff drivers jockeying for one of the four remaining playoff positions for next weekend’s season finale at Phoenix.
Start with a lack of experience , add a pinch (or more) of aggressive driving, and we have the recipe for a race that could go off the rails and open the door for someone like Snider to sneak in and secure a top finish.
I’m doubling down on Myatt by also betting him at 10-1 at DraftKings for a top-3.
Nobody likes betting on eventual second-place finishers more than me, so that’s a little insurance in case Snider does find himself in contention late at Martinsville.
The Bets: Myatt Snider 55-1 to Win & 10-1 for a Top-3