There’ll be no discussion of principles package, changes, horsepower or drafting in this week’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
The smallest track on the NASCAR schedule at just a half-mile creates tight racing and intimate competition just due to its close quarters.
Drivers require a certain skill set to be successful in the historic track. But patience and a cool head during a 500-lap, nearly four-hour grind can also be paramount to win the race or complete nicely.
For those who enjoy NASCAR gambling, here are six motorists to look at financing in Sunday’s STP 500.
Kyle Busch (+200)
It’s likely going to be a while before Busch is not regarded as a popular at any course on the Cup circuit. He is off to some red-hot start and has won two races in a row.
His Automobile Club Speedway success a week ago was his 200th career NASCAR national series win. Busch has a series of seven consecutive Martinsville top-10 finishes such as wins at the 2016 spring race and 2017 autumn race. Bet Busch to acquire +200 and -200 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse in 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 at the track, the Team Penske driver has headed the third-most laps in 427. Bet him to triumph at +500 and +125 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport at New Jersey.
Joey Logano (+600)
Martinsville was a controversial location for Logano over time, such as last October when he made contact with Martin Truex Jr. on the last turn of the final lap to get the lead and the win.
However, Logano is also one of the strongest drivers at the track, and it has directed 825 laps at 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 season, has not forgotten how things ended last year with Logano and may have revenge on his thoughts.
The 2017 series winner has never won a short track race in his Cup career but was at the top-five the previous 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 struggled early this year but is considered one of the very best short-track racers in the show as he demonstrated 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 monitor and had tens of 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 +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 who advanced to the final round failed to find a formal lap on the plank. The dozen waited until the very last minute 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 lack of drafting. Qualifying and receiving a high starting place may be the most crucial part of the weekend.
A whopping 21 drivers have won from the pole during Martinsville’s long history. Given that the tight quarters and difficulty 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 booth placement can also be crucial. Look for teams near the front five or four stalls, permitting easy access to get back on track in tight quarters, to have an edge.
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