NASCAR STP 500 at Martinsville 2019 Odds: 6 Bets to Back
There will be no talk 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 creates tight racing and intimate contest just due to its quarters.
Drivers require a particular skill set to be successful at the historic track. But patience and a cool head through a 500-lap, almost four-hour grind is also paramount to win the race or finish nicely.
For people who enjoy NASCAR gambling, here are six drivers to look at financing in Sunday’s STP 500.
Kyle Busch (+200)
It’s probably going to be some time before Busch isn’t regarded as a popular at any track on the Cup circuit. He’s off to a red-hot start and has won two races in a row.
His Auto Club Speedway success a week back was his 200th career NASCAR national series triumph. Busch has a streak of seven consecutive Martinsville top-10 finishes including wins in the 2016 spring race and 2017 fall 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 ten races in the track, the Team Penske driver has headed the third-most laps at 427. Bet him to triumph +500 and +125 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport in New Jersey.
Joey Logano (+600)
Martinsville was a controversial location for Logano over the years, such as last October when he made contact with Martin Truex Jr. over 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 led 825 laps at its previous 10 races (second most) including 309 before the field last fall. Bet him to win +600 and +150 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Martin Truex Jr. (+600)
Truex, new at Joe Gibbs Racing this year, has not forgotten how things ended last year with Logano and might have revenge on his thoughts.
The 2017 series winner has never won a brief track race in his Cup career but was at the top-five the last three Martinsville outings. Bet Truex Jr. to succeed 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 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 in the series as he demonstrated again one year ago. Bet Bowyer to triumph at +1000 and +250 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Denny Hamlin (+1000)
The Virginia native believes Martinsville a home monitor and had tens of 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 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 last round failed to find a formal lap on the plank. The dozen all waited until the very last second to take advantage of the higher rates from the draft and miscalculated.
That won’t happen this week in Martinsville given the layout and the lack of drafting. Qualifying and receiving a high starting place might be the most crucial part of the weekend.
A whopping 21 drivers have won from the pole during Martinsville’s long history. Given that the tight quarters and difficulty passing, particularly during long green-flag runs, monitor position is essential. A total of 65 Cup race winners have come from the first four starting spots.
Pit stops and pit booth placement can also be crucial. Search for teams near the front four or five stalls, allowing easy access to get back on track in tight quarters, to have an edge.
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