There will not be any talk of rules package, modifications, 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 just due to its close quarters.
Drivers need a particular skill set to be successful at the historic path. But patience and a cool head through a 500-lap, almost four-hour grind can also be paramount to win the race or finish well.
For those who like NASCAR betting, here are six motorists to consider financing in Sunday’s STP 500.
Kyle Busch (+200)
It is probably going to be some time before Busch is not regarded as a favorite at any course on the Cup circuit. He is off to a red-hot start and has won two races in a row.
His Auto Club Speedway victory a week back was his 200th career NASCAR national series win. Busch has a streak 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 at New Jersey.
Brad Keselowski (+500)
Keselowski has ended from the top-10 seven out of the past eight Martinsville races and won there in the 2017 spring race.
In the past 10 races in the course, the Team Penske driver has headed the third-most laps at 427. Bet him to win at +500 and +125 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport at New Jersey.
Joey Logano (+600)
Martinsville was a contentious location for Logano over time, such as last October when he made contact with Martin Truex Jr. on the previous 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 in its past 10 races (second most) including 309 ahead of the area last fall. Bet him to win +600 and +150 to finish 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 on his thoughts.
The 2017 series winner has never won a short track race in his Cup career but has been at the top-five the previous three Martinsville outings. Bet Truex Jr. to win at +600 and +150 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse.
Clint Bowyer (+1000)
He finished 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 in the show as he demonstrated again 1 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 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 complete se cond. Bet Hamlin to triumph +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 into the final round failed to get a formal lap on the plank. The dozen waited until the very last minute to take advantage of the higher rates from the draft and miscalculated.
That won’t happen this week at Martinsville given the design and the lack of drafting. Qualifying and getting a high starting spot may be the most crucial part of the weekend.
A whopping 21 drivers have won from the pole throughout Martinsville’s lengthy history. Given that the tight quarters and problem passing, particularly during long green-flag runs, track position is essential. A total of 65 Cup race winners have come from the first four starting spots.
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 the right track in tight quarters, to have an edge.
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