There’ll be no discussion of principles 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 competition simply because of its close quarters.
Drivers require a certain skill set to be successful at the historic path. But patience and a cool head through a 500-lap, nearly four-hour mill is also paramount to win the race or finish nicely.
For those 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 a while before Busch isn’t considered a popular at any track on the Cup circuit. He’s off to a red-hot start, and it 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 such as wins in the 2016 spring race and 2017 fall race. Bet Busch to win at +200 and -200 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse at New Jersey.
Brad Keselowski (+500)
Keselowski has finished from the top-10 seven out of the past eight Martinsville races and won there at the 2017 spring race.
In the past 10 races in the course, the Team Penske driver has led the third-most laps at 427. Bet him to triumph at +500 and +125 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport at New Jersey.
Joey Logano (+600)
Martinsville has been a contentious 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.
However, Logano is also among the strongest drivers at the track and has directed 825 laps in its own past 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 season, hasn’t forgotten how things ended last year with Logano and may have revenge on his mind.
The 2017 series winner hasn’t won a short track race in his Cup career but has been in the top-five the last three Martinsville outings. Bet Truex Jr. to win +600 and +150 to complete 1st-3rd with SugarHouse.
Clint Bowyer (+1000)
He finished a lengthy drought in last spring’s Martinsville race when he dominated by top 215 laps and took the checkered flag.
Bowyer has struggled early this season but is considered among the best short-track racers from the series as he proved again one year ago. Bet Bowyer to triumph at +1000 and +250 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Denny Hamlin (+1000)
The Virginia native believes Martinsville a home track and had thousands of laps under his belt at regional racing in the track before he migrated to NASCAR’s top level.
He is a five-time Martinsville winner and snuck around the Logano vs. Truex final-lap dust-up last November to complete se cond. Bet Hamlin to triumph +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 from the draft and miscalculated.
That will not happen this week at Martinsville given the layout and the dearth of drafting. Qualifying and getting a high starting place might 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 difficulty passing, particularly during extended green-flag runs, monitor position is key. A total of 65 Cup race champions have come from the first four starting spots.
Pit stops and pit stall positioning can also be crucial. Look for teams close to the front four or five stalls, allowing easy accessibility to get back on the right track in tight quarters, to have an edge.
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