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

There’ll not be any discussion of rules 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 creates tight racing and close competition simply due to its quarters.

Drivers require a particular skill set to be successful at the historic path. But patience and a cool head through a 500-lap, nearly four-hour mill can also be paramount to win the race or complete well.

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

Kyle Busch (+200)
It is likely going to be a while before Busch is not regarded as a favorite at any track on the Cup circuit. He’s off to a red-hot start, and it 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 series of seven consecutive Martinsville top-10 finishes such as wins at the 2016 spring race and 2017 autumn race. Bet Busch to acquire +200 and -200 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse at New Jersey.

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

In the past 10 races at the course, the Team Penske driver has led the third-most laps in 427. Bet him to win +500 and +125 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport in New Jersey.

Joey Logano (+600)
Martinsville has been a controversial location for Logano over the years, such as last October when he made contact with Martin Truex Jr. over the last turn of the last lap to get the lead and the win.

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

Martin Truex Jr. (+600)
Truex, fresh at Joe Gibbs Racing this year, hasn’t forgotten how things ended last year with Logano and may have revenge in his thoughts.

The 2017 series champion has never 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 succeed at +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 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 +1000 and +250 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport.

Denny Hamlin (+1000)
The Virginia native believes 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 finish 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 that advanced into the final round failed to find a formal lap on the board. The dozen waited till the very last second to benefit from the higher speeds from the draft and miscalculated.

That will not happen this week at Martinsville given the layout and the dearth of drafting. Qualifying and getting a top starting spot might be the most critical part of the weekend.

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

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

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