NASCAR at Martinsville odds, picks 2019: Model says Jimmie Johnson surprises at STP 500
The 2019 Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup Series is off to a riveting beginning with a wild finish at the Daytona 500 and fresh aerodynamics rules designed to place an emphasis on creating and passing having a profound impact. As we head toward the 2019 STP 500 at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, it’s Kyle Busch with the hot hand, winning the last two weeks and turning into top-10 finishes in every race since the Daytona 500. Because of that, he is listed as the 8-5 favorite from the latest 2019 STP 500 chances, with Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. just behind him in 5-1. This week, NASCAR shifts gears to the tightly-cornered half-mile oval at Martinsville Speedway, which includes a track with two different surfaces. Short-track racing is a different beast, which is the very first race like this season. So before you make your 2019 STP 500 selections, see the NASCAR in Martinsville predictions from the innovative computer version at SportsLine.
Produced by DFS pro and SportsLine predictive data engineer Mike McClure, this proprietary NASCAR prediction computer model simulates every race 10,000 occasions, taking factors like track history and recent results into account.
The model is off to a strong start in NASCAR this year, calling Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin that a top-four contender from the beginning. It nailed eight of the top 10 drivers at the Pennzoil 400, which included placing winner Joey Logano in its projected top . It was also all over Kyle Busch as a top contender at the TicketGuardian 500, and four of those drivers at McClure’s projected top five went on to top-five finishes at last week’s Automobile Club 400. Anybody who has followed its picks is far up.
McClure, who has a mechanical engineering degree, grew up around race tracks. Big events at iconic places like Martinsville Speedway are in his blood. His model mimicked the 2019 STP 500 10,000 times and the results were surprising.
For your 2019 STP 500, we can tell you that the version is high on Jimmie Johnson, who makes a strong run at the checkered flag despite going off as a long shot 40-1 NASCAR at Martinsville chances.