NASCAR STP 500 at Martinsville 2019 Odds: 6 Bets to Back
There’ll not be any 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 produces tight racing and close competition simply due to its close quarters.
Drivers need a certain skill set to be successful at the historic track. But patience and a cool head through a 500-lap, nearly four-hour mill can also be paramount to win the race or finish nicely.
For those who enjoy NASCAR gambling, here are six motorists to consider backing in Sunday’s STP 500.
Kyle Busch (+200)
It is likely going to be some time before Busch is not 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 ago was his 200th career NASCAR national series triumph. Busch has a streak of seven straight Martinsville top-10 finishes including wins at the 2016 spring race and 2017 autumn race. Bet Busch to acquire at +200 and -200 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse in New Jersey.
Brad Keselowski (+500)
Keselowski has finished in the top-10 seven from the past eight Martinsville races and won there in the 2017 spring race.
In the past 10 races in the track, 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 in New Jersey.
Joey Logano (+600)
Martinsville has been a controversial place for Logano over the years, such as last October when he made contact with Martin Truex Jr. over the previous turn of the last lap to have the lead and the win.
But Logano is also among the strongest drivers at the track and has led 825 laps in its past 10 races (second most) for example 309 before the area last fall. Bet him to win +600 and +150 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Martin Truex Jr. (+600)
Truex, new at Joe Gibbs Racing this season, hasn’t forgotten how things ended last year with Logano and may have revenge in his mind.
The 2017 series champion hasn’t won a short track race in his Cup career but was in the top-five the last 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 season but is considered among the very best short-track racers from the series as he proved again one year ago. Bet Bowyer to triumph at +1000 and +250 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Denny Hamlin (+1000)
The Virginia native considers Martinsville a house monitor and had thousands of laps under his belt in regional racing at the track before he migrated to NASCAR’s top level.
He is 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 +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 last round failed to find an official lap on the plank. The dozen all waited until the very last second to benefit from the higher speeds from the draft and miscalculated.
That won’t happen this week at Martinsville given the layout and the lack of drafting. Qualifying and getting a top starting place might be the most critical 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 long green-flag runs, track position is essential. A total of 65 Cup race champions have come from the first four starting spots.
Pit stops and pit booth placement can also be critical. Search for teams near the front four or five stalls, allowing easy access to get back on the right track in tight quarters, to have an advantage.
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