There will not be any discussion of principles bundle, changes, horsepower or drafting in this week’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
The smallest track on the NASCAR program at just a half-mile produces tight racing and intimate competition simply because of its quarters.
Drivers need a certain skill set to be successful in the historic path. But patience and a cool head during a 500-lap, almost four-hour mill can also be paramount to win the race or finish well.
For people who enjoy NASCAR gambling, here are six motorists to look at financing in Sunday’s STP 500.
Kyle Busch (+200)
It is likely going to be some time before Busch isn’t regarded as a favorite at any course on the Cup circuit. He’s off to some red-hot start, and it 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 streak of seven consecutive Martinsville top-10 finishes such as wins at the 2016 spring race and 2017 autumn race. Bet Busch to win at +200 and -200 to complete 1st-3rd with SugarHouse at New Jersey.
Brad Keselowski (+500)
Keselowski has finished from the top-10 seven out of the past 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 finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport in New Jersey.
Joey Logano (+600)
Martinsville has been a contentious location for Logano over the years, including last October when he made contact with Martin Truex Jr. on the previous turn of the final lap to have the lead and the win.
However, Logano is also one of the strongest drivers at the track, and it has directed 825 laps in its previous 10 races (second most) for example 309 ahead of the field 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 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 short track race in his Cup career but was at the top-five the last three Martinsville outings. Bet Truex Jr. to win +600 and +150 to complete 1st-3rd with SugarHouse.
Clint Bowyer (+1000)
He ended a lengthy drought in last spring’s Martinsville race when he dominated by top 215 laps and took the checkered flag.
Bowyer has fought this year but is considered one of the best short-track racers in the series as he demonstrated again 1 year ago. Bet Bowyer to triumph +1000 and +250 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Denny Hamlin (+1000)
The Virginia native believes 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 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 an official lap on the plank. The dozen all waited till the very last second to take advantage of the higher speeds from the draft and miscalculated.
That won’t happen this week at Martinsville given the design and the dearth of drafting. Qualifying and receiving a top starting place may be the most crucial part of the weekend.
A whopping 21 drivers have won from the pole during Martinsville’s lengthy history. Given that the tight quarters and difficulty passing, particularly during extended green-flag runs, monitor position is key. A total of 65 Cup race winners have come from the first four starting places.
Pit stops and pit stall positioning is also crucial. Look for teams close to the front four or five stalls, allowing easy access to get back on the right track in tight quarters, to have an edge.
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