There’ll not be any talk of rules package, changes, horsepower or drafting in this week’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
The smallest track on the NASCAR program at only a half-mile creates tight racing and close contest simply because of its quarters.
Drivers require a certain skill set to be successful in the historic path. But patience and a cool head through a 500-lap, almost four-hour mill is also paramount to win the race or complete well.
For people who enjoy NASCAR gambling, here are six motorists to consider backing in Sunday’s STP 500.
Kyle Busch (+200)
It is likely going to be a while before Busch isn’t regarded as a popular 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 success a week ago was his 200th career NASCAR national series win. Busch has a series of seven straight Martinsville top-10 finishes including wins at the 2016 spring race and 2017 autumn race. Bet Busch to acquire at +200 and -200 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse at 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 course, the Team Penske driver has headed the third-most laps in 427. Bet him to triumph at +500 and +125 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport in 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. on the last turn of the final lap to get the lead and the win.
But Logano is also among the strongest drivers in the track, and it has directed 825 laps at its past 10 races (second most) including 309 before the area last fall. Bet him to win at +600 and +150 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Martin Truex Jr. (+600)
Truex, new at Joe Gibbs Racing this year, hasn’t forgotten how things ended last year with Logano and might have revenge on his thoughts.
The 2017 series winner has never won a brief track race in his Cup career but has been at the top-five the last three Martinsville outings. Bet Truex Jr. to succeed +600 and +150 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse.
Clint Bowyer (+1000)
He ended a lengthy 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 best short-track racers from the series as he demonstrated again one year ago. Bet Bowyer to win +1000 and +250 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Denny Hamlin (+1000)
The Virginia native believes Martinsville a house monitor and had tens of thousands of laps under his belt in regional racing at 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 complete 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 who advanced to the final round failed to find a formal lap on the plank. The dozen all waited till the very last second to benefit from the higher speeds from the draft and miscalculated.
That won’t happen this week at Martinsville given the layout and the lack of drafting. Qualifying and getting a high starting spot may be the most critical region of the weekend.
A whopping 21 drivers have won from the pole during Martinsville’s long history. Given the tight quarters and difficulty passing, particularly during long green-flag runs, monitor position is essential. A total of 65 Cup race winners have come from the first four starting spots.
Pit stops and pit booth placement can also be critical. Look for teams near the front four or five stalls, permitting easy access to get back on the right track in tight quarters, to have an edge.
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