There will not be any talk of rules bundle, modifications, horsepower or drafting 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 due to its quarters.
Drivers require a certain skill set to succeed in the historic track. But patience and a cool head through a 500-lap, nearly four-hour mill is also paramount to win the race or complete well.
For people who like NASCAR betting, here are six drivers to look at financing in Sunday’s STP 500.
Kyle Busch (+200)
It’s likely going to be some time before Busch is not considered a popular at any course on the Cup circuit. He is off to some red-hot start, and it has won two races in a row.
His Auto Club Speedway victory a week back 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 finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse in New Jersey.
Brad Keselowski (+500)
Keselowski has ended in the top-10 seven out of the past eight Martinsville races and won there at the 2017 spring race.
In the past 10 races at the course, the Team Penske driver has headed the third-most laps at 427. Bet him to triumph +500 and +125 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport in New Jersey.
Joey Logano (+600)
Martinsville has been a controversial place for Logano over the years, such as last October when he made contact with Martin Truex Jr. on the previous turn of the last lap to get the lead and the win.
But Logano is also among the strongest drivers at the track, and it has directed 825 laps at its previous 10 races (second most) including 309 ahead of the area last fall. Bet him to triumph at +600 and +150 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Martin Truex Jr. (+600)
Truex, new at Joe Gibbs Racing this season, has not forgotten how things ended last year with Logano and may have revenge on his thoughts.
The 2017 series champion has never won a short track race in his Cup career but was in the top-five the previous three Martinsville outings. Bet Truex Jr. to win at +600 and +150 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse.
Clint Bowyer (+1000)
He finished a lengthy 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 one of the very best short-track racers in the show as he demonstrated 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 track and had thousands of laps under his belt in 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 finish se cond. Bet Hamlin to triumph 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 to the last round failed to get a formal lap on the board. The dozen waited till the very last minute to take advantage of the higher speeds from the draft and miscalculated.
That will not happen this week in Martinsville given the design and the dearth of drafting. Qualifying and getting a top starting spot might be the most crucial part of the weekend.
A whopping 21 drivers have won from the pole throughout Martinsville’s long history. Given that the tight quarters and problem passing, particularly during long green-flag runs, track position is essential. A total of 65 Cup race winners have come from the first four starting places.
Pit stops and pit booth placement can also be critical. Search 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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