NASCAR at Martinsville 2018: Odds, fantasy recommendation, prediction, sleepers, drivers to watch

Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski (Getty Photographs)

NASCAR is headed to its first brief-monitor race of the season because the circuit heads to the rolling hills of southern Virginia for Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. 

At zero.526 miles in size, Martinsville is the shortest monitor on the Cup circuit. Due to its measurement and form — fifty five-foot width, 588-foot turns (12 levels of banking) and flat 800-foot straightaways — race automobiles not often attain one hundred mph. The monitor is in contrast to some other on the schedule and people which were profitable at the monitor are piling up some spectacular numbers. 

Here’s a fast rundown of the previous 4 races at Martinsville: In October, Kyle Busch gained after Denny Hamlin dumped Chase Elliott from the lead with three to go. Martin Truex Jr. (nonetheless winless at the Paperclip) completed second within the wild end and Clint Bowyer was third. 

In final yr’s STP 500, Brad Keselowski overtook Kyle Busch with forty three laps remaining to win. Jimmie Johnson gained the autumn Cup race a yr in the past for his ninth victory at the Virginia monitor. Kyle Busch led 352 laps within the 2016 spring race for his first Cup win at the Paperclip, capping a two-day run that additionally included a victory within the Tenting World Truck Collection race Saturday. 

As of Thursday, climate forecasts predict snowy circumstances in Martinsville late Saturday with three to 5 inches of accumulation. The snow ought to cease by Sunday morning, however temperatures aren’t anticipated to prime forty three levels, which means there must be loads of grip to even the enjoying subject. 

Our decide to win Sunday is Kyle Busch, who has confirmed he is the perfect driver at NASCAR’s shortest monitor. He’s led a complete of 810 laps in his previous 4 Martinsville begins and has completed fifth or higher in his final 5 races there, together with two wins. 

What are the betting odds for NASCAR at Martinsville?

Kyle Busch 7/2
Brad Keselowski 9/2
Denny Hamlin 6/1
Joey Logano 6/1
Chase Elliott 7/1
Martin Truex Jr. 7/1
Jimmie Johnson 10/1
Clint Bowyer 12/1
Kevin Harvick 12/1
Kyle Larson 25/1
Ryan Blaney 35/1
Erik Jones 35/1
Aric Almirola forty/1
Jamie McMurray 60/1
Kurt Busch 60/1
Ryan Newman 60/1
Austin Dillon one hundred/1
Alex Bowman one hundred/1
AJ Allmendinger one hundred/1
Daniel Suarez 200/1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 200/1
Paul Menard 300/1
William Byron 300/1
Kasey Kahne 500/1
Darrell Wallace Jr. 500/1
Chris Buescher one thousand/1
Trevor Bayne one thousand/1
Ty Dillon one thousand/1
Michael McDowell 2000/1
Subject (all others) one thousand/1

Odds by way of Westgate

Which drivers are greatest for fantasy NASCAR at Martinsville?

Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski have been the drivers at the highest of Martinsville. To get the duo in your DraftKings lineup, add Erik Jones ($eight,one hundred), who owns 4 consecutive prime-eleven finishes on the season.

One other sleeper is Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. at $6,200. Wallace has been quiet since Daytona however he does love Martinsville, a monitor the place he is scored two wins within the Truck Collection. 

Aric Almirola, who has completed thirteenth or higher in all 5 2018 Cup races, has seen his DraftKings worth elevate to $eight,900. Whereas Almirola is scorching, there are some cheaper choices with larger upside reminiscent of Ryan Blaney ($eight,seven hundred), Kurt Busch ($eight,500) and even Austin Dillon ($7,seven hundred), who owns prime-5 finishes within the final two runnings of the STP 500.

Kevin Harvick might be utilizing a two-time profitable chassis at Martinsville and holds strong worth at 12/1, the identical odds as Stewart-Haas teammate Clint Bowyer, who owns the seventh-greatest driver score at Martinsville. Bowyer has a strong historical past at the Paperclip with 14 prime 10s and 356 laps led. He spent loads of outing entrance in the course of the fall 2012 race amid a string of 5 consecutive prime 10s there.