There’ll be no discussion of rules package, modifications, horsepower or construction in this week’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
The smallest track on the NASCAR program at just a half-mile creates tight racing and intimate competition simply due to its close quarters.
Drivers need a particular skill set to succeed in the historic track. But patience and a cool head through a 500-lap, almost four-hour mill is also paramount to win the race or finish well.
For people who enjoy NASCAR betting, here are six motorists to consider financing in Sunday’s STP 500.
Kyle Busch (+200)
It is likely going to be some time before Busch isn’t considered a favorite at any course on the Cup circuit. He is off to some red-hot start and has won two races in a row.
His Auto Club Speedway success a week ago was his 200th career NASCAR national series triumph. Busch has a series of seven straight Martinsville top-10 finishes including wins in the 2016 spring race and 2017 fall race. Bet Busch to win at +200 and -200 to complete 1st-3rd with SugarHouse at New Jersey.
Brad Keselowski (+500)
Keselowski has ended in the top-10 seven from the previous eight Martinsville races and won there in the 2017 spring race.
In the past ten races in the track, the Team Penske driver has led the third-most laps in 427. Bet him to win +500 and +125 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport at New Jersey.
Joey Logano (+600)
Martinsville has been a contentious location for Logano over the years, such as last October when he made contact with Martin Truex Jr. over the last turn of the final lap to have the lead and the win.
However, Logano is also among the strongest drivers at the track, and it has directed 825 laps in its own previous 10 races (second most) for example 309 before the field last fall. Bet him to triumph at +600 and +150 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Martin Truex Jr. (+600)
Truex, new at Joe Gibbs Racing this year, has not forgotten how things ended last year with Logano and might have revenge in his mind.
The 2017 series champion has never won a brief track race in his Cup career but was in the top-five the last three Martinsville outings. Bet Truex Jr. to win at +600 and +150 to complete 1st-3rd with SugarHouse.
Clint Bowyer (+1000)
He ended a long drought in last spring’s Martinsville race when he dominated by leading 215 laps and took the checkered flag.
Bowyer has fought this year but is considered among the very best short-track racers from the series as he demonstrated again one year ago. Bet Bowyer to triumph +1000 and +250 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Denny Hamlin (+1000)
The Virginia native believes Martinsville a house monitor and had thousands of laps under his belt at regional racing in the track before he migrated to NASCAR’s top level.
He’s a five-time Martinsville winner and snuck around the Logano vs. Truex final-lap dust-up last November to finish se cond. Bet Hamlin to win at +1000 and +250 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse.
2019 STP 500 Betting Tip
Last week’s qualifying session was a non-event: 12 drivers that advanced into the last round failed to get a formal lap on the plank. The dozen all waited till the very last second to take advantage of the higher speeds in the draft and miscalculated.
That will not happen this week at Martinsville given the layout and the dearth of drafting. Qualifying and getting a top starting place may be the most crucial region of the weekend.
A whopping 21 drivers have won from the pole throughout Martinsville’s lengthy history. Given the tight quarters and problem passing, particularly during extended green-flag runs, track position is key. A total of 65 Cup race champions have come from the first four starting spots.
Pit stops and pit stall positioning is also critical. Look for teams close to the front four or five stalls, permitting easy access to get back on track in tight quarters, to have an edge.
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