NASCAR STP 500 at Martinsville 2019 Odds: 6 Bets to Back
There’ll be no 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 succeed 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 finish nicely.
For those who like NASCAR betting, here are six drivers 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 a red-hot start, and it has won two races in a row.
His Automobile Club Speedway victory a week back 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 +200 and -200 to complete 1st-3rd with SugarHouse at New Jersey.
Brad Keselowski (+500)
Keselowski has ended in the top-10 seven from the past eight Martinsville races and won there at the 2017 spring race.
In the past ten races at the course, the Team Penske driver has led the third-most laps in 427. Bet him to win at +500 and +125 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport in New Jersey.
Joey Logano (+600)
Martinsville was a contentious place for Logano over time, including last October when he made contact with Martin Truex Jr. over the last turn of the last lap to have the lead and the win.
But Logano is also among the strongest drivers at the track, and it has led 825 laps at its previous 10 races (second most) for example 309 before the field last fall. Bet him to win at +600 and +150 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Martin Truex Jr. (+600)
Truex, fresh at Joe Gibbs Racing this year, has not 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 succeed +600 and +150 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse.
Clint Bowyer (+1000)
He finished a long 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 very best short-track racers in the series as he demonstrated again 1 year ago. Bet Bowyer to triumph +1000 and +250 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Denny Hamlin (+1000)
The Virginia native believes Martinsville a house track 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 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 that advanced into the last round failed to get a formal lap on the board. The dozen all waited until the very last second to take advantage of the higher rates in 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 crucial part of the weekend.
A whopping 21 drivers have won from the pole during Martinsville’s lengthy history. Given the tight quarters and problem 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 booth placement is also critical. Search for teams close to the front four or five stalls, permitting easy accessibility to get back on the right track in tight quarters, to have an edge.
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