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

There will be no discussion of principles package, modifications, horsepower or drafting in this week’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The smallest track on the NASCAR program at only a half-mile produces tight racing and intimate competition simply due to its quarters. Drivers need a certain skill set to succeed in 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 complete nicely. For those who like NASCAR gambling, here are six motorists to consider backing in Sunday’s STP 500. Kyle Busch (+200) It’s probably going to be a while before Busch is not considered a favorite at any course on the Cup circuit. He is off to a 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 in the 2016 spring race and 2017 fall race. Bet Busch to acquire at +200 and -200 to complete 1st-3rd with SugarHouse at New Jersey. Brad Keselowski (+500) Keselowski has finished in the top-10 seven out of the past eight Martinsville races and won there at the 2017 spring race. In the past 10 races at the track, the Team Penske driver has led the third-most laps at 427. Bet him to triumph at +500 and +125 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport at New Jersey. Joey Logano (+600) Martinsville has been a contentious location for Logano over time, including last October when he made contact with Martin Truex Jr. on the last turn of the last lap to have the lead and the win. But Logano is also among the strongest drivers in the track and has led 825 laps in its previous 10 races (second most) for example 309 ahead of the area 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 might have revenge on his thoughts. The 2017 series champion hasn’t won a brief track race in his Cup career but was in the top-five the previous three Martinsville outings. Bet Truex Jr. to succeed at +600 and +150 to complete 1st-3rd with SugarHouse. Clint Bowyer (+1000) He ended a lengthy drought in last spring’s Martinsville race when he dominated by leading 215 laps and took the checkered flag. Bowyer has struggled early this season but is considered among the very best short-track racers in the series as he proved again 1 year ago. Bet Bowyer to triumph at +1000 and +250 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport. Denny Hamlin (+1000) The Virginia native believes Martinsville a home monitor and had tens of thousands of laps under his belt at regional racing in 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 complete 1st-3rd with SugarHouse. 2019 STP 500 Betting Tip Last week’s qualifying session was a non-event: 12 drivers who advanced into the last round failed to find a formal lap on the plank. The dozen all waited till the very last minute to benefit from the higher rates in the draft and miscalculated. That will not happen this week at Martinsville given the design 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 throughout Martinsville’s lengthy history. Given the tight quarters and problem passing, especially during extended green-flag runs, monitor position is key. A total of 65 Cup race winners have come from the first four starting spots. Pit stops and pit stall positioning can also be critical. Search for teams near the front four or five stalls, allowing easy accessibility to get back on track in tight quarters, to have an edge. Read more: