There will 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 just a half-mile produces tight racing and intimate contest 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, almost four-hour mill can also be paramount to win the race or finish well.
For those who like NASCAR gambling, 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 is not considered 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 success a week ago was his 200th career NASCAR national series win. Busch has a streak of seven consecutive Martinsville top-10 finishes such as wins at the 2016 spring race and 2017 autumn race. Bet Busch to acquire at +200 and -200 to complete 1st-3rd with SugarHouse at New Jersey.
Brad Keselowski (+500)
Keselowski has finished from the top-10 seven from the past eight Martinsville races and won there at the 2017 spring race.
In the past ten races at the track, the Team Penske driver has led the third-most laps at 427. Bet him to win at +500 and +125 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport in New Jersey.
Joey Logano (+600)
Martinsville has been a controversial 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 among the strongest drivers in the track, and it has directed 825 laps at its own past 10 races (second most) including 309 ahead of the field last fall. Bet him to win at +600 and +150 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Martin Truex Jr. (+600)
Truex, fresh at Joe Gibbs Racing this year, has not forgotten how things ended last year with Logano and may have revenge in his thoughts.
The 2017 series winner hasn’t won a brief track race in his Cup career but has been in the top-five the last 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 leading 215 laps and took the checkered flag.
Bowyer has fought this year but is considered among the very best short-track racers from the show as he proved again one year ago. Bet Bowyer to triumph at +1000 and +250 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Denny Hamlin (+1000)
The Virginia native considers Martinsville a house track and had tens of 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 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 that advanced into 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 will not happen this week in Martinsville given the layout and the dearth of drafting. Qualifying and receiving a high starting spot might 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, especially during long green-flag runs, track 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 near the front five or four stalls, permitting easy access to get back on track in tight quarters, to have an edge.