NASCAR STP 500 at Martinsville 2019 Odds: 6 Bets to Back

12/07/2019

There’ll be no talk of principles package, changes, horsepower or construction in this week’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

The smallest track on the NASCAR schedule at only a half-mile produces tight racing and close competition just due to its close quarters.

Drivers require a particular skill set to succeed in the historic path. But patience and a cool head through a 500-lap, nearly four-hour grind can also be paramount to win the race or finish nicely.

For those who like NASCAR gambling, here are six motorists to look at backing in Sunday’s STP 500.

Kyle Busch (+200)
It is likely going to be some time before Busch isn’t regarded as a popular at any course on the Cup circuit. He is off to a red-hot start and has won two races in a row.

His Automobile Club Speedway success a week ago 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 autumn race. Bet Busch to acquire +200 and -200 to complete 1st-3rd with SugarHouse in New Jersey.

Brad Keselowski (+500)
Keselowski has finished in the top-10 seven out of the past eight Martinsville races and won there at the 2017 spring race.

In the past 10 races in the track, the Team Penske driver has headed 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, 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.

However, Logano is also one of the strongest drivers at the track and has directed 825 laps at its own previous 10 races (second most) including 309 ahead of the field last fall. Bet him to win at +600 and +150 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport.

Martin Truex Jr. (+600)
Truex, new 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 hasn’t won a brief track race in his Cup career but has been at the top-five the last three Martinsville outings. Bet Truex Jr. to win +600 and +150 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse.

Clint Bowyer (+1000)
He ended a long 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 among the best short-track racers in the show as he proved again one year ago. Bet Bowyer to win +1000 and +250 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport.

Denny Hamlin (+1000)
The Virginia native considers Martinsville a house monitor 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 finish se cond. Bet Hamlin to win 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 into the final round failed to find an official lap on the board. The dozen all waited till the very last minute to take advantage of the higher speeds from the draft and miscalculated.

That will not happen this week in Martinsville given the layout and the lack of drafting. Qualifying and receiving a top starting place might be the most critical region of the weekend.

A whopping 21 drivers have won from the pole throughout Martinsville’s long history. Given that the tight quarters and problem passing, particularly during long green-flag runs, track position is key. A total of 65 Cup race champions have come from the first four starting places.

Pit stops and pit booth placement can also be crucial. Look 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 edge.

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