There’ll be no talk of rules bundle, 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 produces tight racing and close contest just because of its quarters.
Drivers require a particular skill set to be successful in the historic track. But patience and a cool head during a 500-lap, almost four-hour mill is also paramount to win the race or finish well.
For those who enjoy NASCAR gambling, here are six drivers to look at financing in Sunday’s STP 500.
Kyle Busch (+200)
It is likely going to be a while before Busch isn’t considered a favorite at any track on the Cup circuit. He is off to some red-hot start and has won two races in a row.
His Automobile Club Speedway victory a week back was his 200th career NASCAR national series triumph. Busch has a streak of seven consecutive Martinsville top-10 finishes including wins in the 2016 spring race and 2017 fall race. Bet Busch to win +200 and -200 to complete 1st-3rd with SugarHouse in New Jersey.
Brad Keselowski (+500)
Keselowski has ended from the top-10 seven from the past eight Martinsville races and won there in the 2017 spring race.
In the past ten races at the track, the Team Penske driver has headed the third-most laps in 427. Bet him to win at +500 and +125 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport at New Jersey.
Joey Logano (+600)
Martinsville has been a controversial place for Logano over time, such as last October when he made contact with Martin Truex Jr. on the last turn of the last lap to get the lead and the win.
However, Logano is also among the strongest drivers at the track, and it has directed 825 laps at its previous 10 races (second most) for example 309 before the field last fall. Bet him to triumph +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 winner has never won a brief track race in his Cup career but was at the top-five the last three Martinsville outings. Bet Truex Jr. to succeed 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 season but is considered among the best short-track racers in the show as he proved again 1 year ago. Bet Bowyer to triumph at +1000 and +250 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Denny Hamlin (+1000)
The Virginia native considers Martinsville a home 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 across the Logano vs. Truex final-lap dust-up last November to complete se cond. Bet Hamlin to win +1000 and +250 to complete 1st-3rd with SugarHouse.
2019 STP 500 Betting Tip
Last week’s qualifying session was a non-event: 12 drivers that advanced to the final round failed to find a formal lap on the plank. The dozen waited until the very last minute to benefit from the higher speeds in the draft and miscalculated.
That will not happen this week in Martinsville given the design and the dearth of drafting. Qualifying and receiving a top starting spot may be the most crucial region of the weekend.
A whopping 21 drivers have won from the pole during Martinsville’s lengthy history. Given that the tight quarters and problem passing, particularly during long green-flag runs, monitor position is key. A total of 65 Cup race winners have come from the first four starting spots.
Pit stops and pit booth placement can also be crucial. Look for teams close to the front four or five stalls, permitting easy accessibility to get back on the right track in tight quarters, to have an edge.
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