The NASCAR schedule continues Saturday at Martinsville Speedway with the 2021 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500. It will be the first scheduled night race of the season, and the 2021 NASCAR at Martinsville starting lineup will feature plenty of past experience on the 0.526-mile oval. Denny Hamlin is a five-time winner at Martinsville and could be one of the most popular NASCAR DFS picks on Saturday night, but should you include him as part of your NASCAR DFS strategy?
Hamlin finished outside the top 10 in both of his starts at Martinsville last season and hasn't won at "The Paperclip" since 2015. Can you justify spending big money on Hamlin this weekend and, if so, where can you find more affordable options in the NASCAR DFS driver pool? Before finalizing your NASCAR DFS picks for the 2021 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, be sure to check out the optimal NASCAR at Martinsville DFS strategy and advice from SportsLine's Mike McClure.
McClure has won almost $2 million in his career as a daily Fantasy pro, and his NASCAR DFS driver pool, projections and advice can help you score a big win on Sunday. McClure dominated NASCAR DFS at the 2020 Daytona 500, turning a 4x ROI after rostering four of the top seven drivers.
He then crushed the 2020 Real Heroes 400, with his top three picks -- Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr. -- all finishing in the top eight. He also had Truex Jr. at No. 1 in his DraftKings value rankings for his win at Martinsville and then had Kevin Harvick at No. 1 for his win at Indianapolis.
His model has also nailed seven of the top 10 finishers in three of the last four races. Anybody who has followed his picks has seen huge returns.
Now, he's turned his attention to Sunday's 2021 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500. He's only sharing his picks and NASCAR DFS driver pool here.
Top 2021 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 NASCAR DFS picks
For NASCAR at Martinsville, McClure is high on Kyle Larson at $11,000 on FanDuel and $11,700 on DraftKings. In his first season with Hendrick Motorsports, Larson has adapted quickly and is currently fourth in the NASCAR Cup Series standings courtesy of five top-10 finishes in his first seven starts.
That includes a win in Las Vegas at the Pennzoil 400 and a second-place finish in Atlanta at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. After spending almost all of last season racing on dirt, Larson disappointed with a 29th-place finish on the dirt at Bristol two weeks ago. However, he should be hungry to prove that was a fluke and was ninth when we last saw him at Martinsville in 2019.
Part of McClure's optimal NASCAR DFS strategy includes rostering Kyle Busch at $10,500 on FanDuel and $9,800 on DraftKings. Busch has finished in the top five in more than half of his 31 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Martinsville and is a two-time winner at "The Paperclip."
Busch has struggled to find much momentum since winning the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series championship, but he's recorded two top-fives in his last four starts and Martinsville presents a big opportunity. Busch finished fifth or better with two wins in eight starts there from 2015 to 2019 and finished ninth in the penultimate race of the 2020 season at Martinsville.
How to set 2021 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 NASCAR DFS lineups
McClure is also targeting an undervalued driver set to return plenty of value. He's in prime position to make a run at the checkered flag and comes at a price that won't break the bank. This pick could be the difference between cashing huge in your NASCAR DFS tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing. You can see every pick here.
So what are the top NASCAR DFS picks for Sunday's Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500? And which value driver is a must-roster? Visit SportsLine now to see DFS millionaire Mike McClure's complete driver pool for DraftKings and FanDuel, and cash in big on NASCAR at Martinsville.