It’s still very early in the 2019 NASCAR season, with just 5 races in the books. This coming Sunday, March 24, we head off to Martinsville Speedway for the STP 500. Martinsville is a short track, which could potentially mean problems for some driver’s, while others are sure to flourish on that layout. For the purposes of this piece, we are going to take a quick look at some of the NASCAR Odds favorites for the 2019 STP 500, while also making our race prediction, so let’s get right to it.
2019 STP 500 Odds, Preview & Expert Prediction
- Where: Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia, United States
- First race: 1950
- Surface: Asphalt / Concrete (turns)
- Distance: 263 miles (423 km)
- Laps: Stage – 130 / Stage 2 – 130 Stage 3 – 240
- Most wins (driver): Richard Petty (9)
- Most wins (team): Petty Enterprises (12)
Kyle Busch (+200)It seems that Busch is now the favorite for every single race, but he has certainly earned that right. He is off to a blistering start to the season, winning 2 of the first 5 races and never being outside of the top 10 yet.
This is a track that he absolutely loves, which is another reason why he is the favorite at Martinsville. He has been in the top 5 in each of his last 7 races at this legendary short track, picking up a pair of wins during that stretch. I’m not one to go with the calk, but it’s tough to bet against Kyle Busch at this track.
Brad Keselowski (+500)If anyone can mount a serious challenge to Busch as Martinsville, it may well be Brad Keselowski. Like Busch, he has had a lot of success at Martinsville.
He has landed in the top 5 in 6 of his last 8 races there, which includes a single win back in 2017. He is also off to a very good start to the 2019 season, picking up 1 win and a pair of finished in the top 5. He is certainly a driver that should be challenging for the lead all the way to the end.
Joey Logano (+600)Logano is another driver who deserves some serious betting consideration for the STP 500. After all, the last time he took to the short track at Martinsville, which was for the First Data 500 last October, he took the checkered flag. It’s also worth noting that out of the last 8 times that he has raced there, he has landed the pole position no less than 4 times.
Logano is currently sitting second in the driver standings, winning once and lading in the top 5 on 2 other occasions. He would appear to be a solid bet to land in the top 5 on Sunday afternoon.
Martin Truex Jr. (+600)As we mentioned at the top of this piece, there are some drivers who just seem to thrive when racing on a short track. Judging by his most recent results at Martinsville, you could certainly argue that Truex Jr. belongs in that group.
While he has never won there, he has landed in the top 5 in each of his last 3 races at Martinsville. He has also snagged the pole position twice in his last 5 visits. A knock against him here is that he has yet to win this season, although he has landed in the top 5 a couple of times.
Last 10 Winners
- 2018: Clint Bowyer
- 2017: Brad Keselowski
- 2016: Kyle Busch
- 2015: Danny Hamlin
- 2014: Kurt Busch
- 2013: Jimmie Johnson
- 2012: Ryan Newman
- 2011: Kevin Harvick
- 2010: Denny Hamlin
- 2009: Jimmie Johnson