NASCAR STP 500 at Martinsville 2019 Odds: 6 Bets to Back
There will not be any discussion of principles bundle, modifications, 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 intimate competition just because of its quarters.
Drivers need a certain skill set to be successful in the historic path. But patience and a cool head during a 500-lap, nearly four-hour grind can also be paramount to win the race or complete well.
For those who enjoy NASCAR betting, here are six motorists to consider financing in Sunday’s STP 500.
Kyle Busch (+200)
It’s probably going to be some time before Busch isn’t regarded as a favorite at any track on the Cup circuit. He’s off to some red-hot start, and it has won two races in a row.
His Auto Club Speedway victory a week back was his 200th career NASCAR national series win. Busch has a series of seven straight Martinsville top-10 finishes including wins at the 2016 spring race and 2017 fall race. Bet Busch to acquire +200 and -200 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse at New Jersey.
Brad Keselowski (+500)
Keselowski has ended in the top-10 seven out of the previous eight Martinsville races and won there at the 2017 spring race.
In the past 10 races in the course, the Team Penske driver has led the third-most laps at 427. Bet him to win +500 and +125 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport at New Jersey.
Joey Logano (+600)
Martinsville was a contentious location for Logano over the years, such as last October when he made contact with Martin Truex Jr. over the last turn of the final lap to get the lead and the win.
However, Logano is also among the strongest drivers at the track and has led 825 laps in its own past 10 races (second most) for example 309 before the field last fall. Bet him to triumph 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 may have revenge on his thoughts.
The 2017 series winner hasn’t won a short track race in his Cup career but was at the top-five the last three Martinsville outings. Bet Truex Jr. to win at +600 and +150 to complete 1st-3rd with SugarHouse.
Clint Bowyer (+1000)
He ended a long drought in last spring’s Martinsville race when he dominated by leading 215 laps and took the checkered flag.
Bowyer has fought this season but is considered one of the best short-track racers from the series as he demonstrated again one year ago. Bet Bowyer to win +1000 and +250 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Denny Hamlin (+1000)
The Virginia native considers Martinsville a home monitor and had 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 around the Logano vs. Truex final-lap dust-up last November to complete se cond. Bet Hamlin to win at +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 who advanced to the final round failed to get a formal lap on the board. The dozen all waited till the very last minute to take advantage of the higher speeds in the draft and miscalculated.
That won’t happen this week in Martinsville given the layout and the lack of drafting. Qualifying and getting a top starting place might be the most crucial part of the weekend.
A whopping 21 drivers have won from the pole during Martinsville’s lengthy history. Given that the tight quarters and problem passing, particularly during extended 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 stall positioning is also crucial. Search for teams near the front five or four stalls, permitting easy access to get back on the right track in tight quarters, to have an advantage.