There will be no discussion of rules bundle, changes, horsepower or drafting in this week’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
The smallest track on the NASCAR schedule at only a half-mile creates tight racing and close contest simply because of its quarters.
Drivers need a particular skill set to be successful in the historic path. But patience and a cool head through a 500-lap, nearly four-hour mill can also be paramount to win the race or finish well.
For people who enjoy NASCAR betting, here are six drivers to consider financing in Sunday’s STP 500.
Kyle Busch (+200)
It’s likely going to be some time before Busch is not regarded as a popular at any track on the Cup circuit. He’s off to some 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 streak of seven straight Martinsville top-10 finishes such as wins in 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 previous eight Martinsville races and won there at the 2017 spring race.
In the past 10 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 has been a contentious place for Logano over time, including last October when he made contact with Martin Truex Jr. over the previous turn of the final lap to have the lead and the win.
However, Logano is also among the strongest drivers in the track, and it has led 825 laps at its previous 10 races (second most) including 309 ahead of the field last fall. Bet him to triumph at +600 and +150 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Martin Truex Jr. (+600)
Truex, fresh at Joe Gibbs Racing this year, hasn’t forgotten how things ended last year with Logano and may have revenge in his mind.
The 2017 series champion 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 finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse.
Clint Bowyer (+1000)
He ended a long drought in last spring’s Martinsville race when he dominated by top 215 laps and took the checkered flag.
Bowyer has struggled early this year but is considered one of the very best short-track racers from the show as he demonstrated again one year ago. Bet Bowyer to triumph +1000 and +250 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Denny Hamlin (+1000)
The Virginia native considers Martinsville a home monitor and had tens of thousands of laps under his belt at regional racing at 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 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 who advanced into the final round failed to get a formal lap on the plank. The dozen waited till the very last second to benefit from the higher rates in the draft and miscalculated.
That will not happen this week in Martinsville given the layout and the dearth of drafting. Qualifying and receiving a high starting spot might 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 problem passing, especially during long green-flag runs, track position is key. A total of 65 Cup race champions have come from the first four starting places.
Pit stops and pit booth placement is also crucial. Look for teams close to the front four or five stalls, permitting easy accessibility to get back on track in tight quarters, to have an advantage.
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