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

There’ll be no talk of rules package, 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 just because of its quarters.

Drivers require a certain skill set to succeed in 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 betting, here are six drivers to consider backing in Sunday’s STP 500.

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

His Auto Club Speedway victory a week back was his 200th career NASCAR national series triumph. Busch has a series of seven straight Martinsville top-10 finishes such as wins at the 2016 spring race and 2017 autumn race. Bet Busch to win +200 and -200 to complete 1st-3rd with SugarHouse in New Jersey.

Brad Keselowski (+500)
Keselowski has finished from the top-10 seven from the previous eight Martinsville races and won there in 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 at 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. on the previous turn of the last lap to get the lead and the win.

But Logano is also among the strongest drivers at the track, and it has directed 825 laps at its own past 10 races (second most) for example 309 ahead of the area last fall. Bet him to win at +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 thoughts.

The 2017 series champion hasn’t won a short track race in his Cup career but was in 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 best short-track racers from the series as he proved again 1 year ago. Bet Bowyer to win at +1000 and +250 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport.

Denny Hamlin (+1000)
The Virginia native believes Martinsville a house track and had thousands of laps under his belt at regional racing at 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 finish se cond. Bet Hamlin to triumph +1000 and +250 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse.

2019 STP 500 Betting Tip
Last week’s qualifying session was a non-event: 12 drivers that advanced into the final round failed to get a formal lap on the board. The dozen waited till the very last minute to benefit from the higher rates from the draft and miscalculated.

That will not happen this week in 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 throughout Martinsville’s long history. Given the tight quarters and problem passing, particularly during long green-flag runs, track position is key. A total of 65 Cup race winners have come from the first four starting places.

Pit stops and pit booth placement can also be crucial. Look for teams close to the front four or five stalls, allowing easy accessibility to get back on track in tight quarters, to have an advantage.

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