There will be no talk of principles package, changes, horsepower or construction 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 intimate contest simply due to its quarters.
Drivers need a particular skill set to be successful in the historic path. But patience and a cool head during a 500-lap, almost four-hour grind can also be paramount to win the race or finish nicely.
For people who enjoy NASCAR gambling, here are six motorists to consider financing in Sunday’s STP 500.
Kyle Busch (+200)
It’s likely going to be a while before Busch is not regarded as a favorite at any course 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 consecutive 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 at 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 ten races in the course, the Team Penske driver has led the third-most laps at 427. Bet him to triumph +500 and +125 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport at New Jersey.
Joey Logano (+600)
Martinsville was a controversial place for Logano over time, such as 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.
But Logano is also one of the strongest drivers at the track, and it has directed 825 laps in its past 10 races (second most) for example 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, fresh at Joe Gibbs Racing this season, has not forgotten how things ended last year with Logano and may have revenge on his mind.
The 2017 series champion hasn’t won a short track race in his Cup career but was in the top-five the previous three Martinsville outings. Bet Truex Jr. to succeed +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 leading 215 laps and took the checkered flag.
Bowyer has struggled early this season but is considered among the 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 considers Martinsville a house monitor and had thousands of laps under his belt at 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 complete 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 final round failed to get an official lap on the plank. The dozen all waited until the very last second to benefit from the higher rates 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 high starting place might be the most critical part of the weekend.
A whopping 21 drivers have won from the pole throughout Martinsville’s long history. Given that the tight quarters and difficulty passing, particularly during long green-flag runs, track position is essential. A total of 65 Cup race champions have come from the first four starting places.
Pit stops and pit booth placement is also critical. Search for teams near the front five or four stalls, permitting easy accessibility to get back on track in tight quarters, to have an advantage.
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