There'll not be any discussion of rules package, changes, horsepower or drafting 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 contest simply because of its close quarters.
Drivers require a certain skill set to be successful at the historic path. But patience and a cool head through a 500-lap, almost four-hour grind can also be paramount to win the race or complete nicely.
For those who like NASCAR gambling, here are six drivers to look at financing in Sunday's STP 500.
Kyle Busch (+200)
It is likely going to be some time before Busch isn't considered a favorite at any course on the Cup circuit. He's off to some red-hot start and has won two races in a row.
His Automobile Club Speedway victory 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 in 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 from the top-10 seven out of the previous eight Martinsville races and won there in the 2017 spring race.
In the past ten races at the course, the Team Penske driver has led the third-most laps in 427. Bet him to triumph at +500 and +125 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport in New Jersey.
Joey Logano (+600)
Martinsville was a controversial location for Logano over time, such as last October when he made contact with Martin Truex Jr. on the last turn of the last lap to get the lead and the win.
But Logano is also one of the strongest drivers at the track, and it has directed 825 laps in its past 10 races (second most) including 309 ahead of the area last fall. Bet him to win +600 and +150 to finish 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 might have revenge in his thoughts.
The 2017 series champion has never won a short track race in his Cup career but was in the top-five the last three Martinsville outings. Bet Truex Jr. to succeed 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 top 215 laps and took the checkered flag.
Bowyer has fought this year but is considered among the best short-track racers from the series as he demonstrated again one year ago. Bet Bowyer to win at +1000 and +250 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Denny Hamlin (+1000)
The Virginia native believes Martinsville a house track and had tens of thousands of laps under his belt in regional racing at the track before he migrated to NASCAR's top level.
He is 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 triumph at +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 that advanced into the last round failed to get an official lap on the plank. The dozen waited till the very last second to take advantage of the higher speeds from the draft and miscalculated.
That won't happen this week at Martinsville given the layout and the lack of drafting. Qualifying and getting a high starting place might be the most critical region 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 is also crucial. Look for teams near the front four or five stalls, allowing easy access to get back on track in tight quarters, to have an advantage.
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