- Where: NASCAR – Martinsville Speedway
- When: Sunday, April 2, 2107 at 12:30 PM ET
The Martinsville Speedway Track
This NASCAR race will be held in Ridgeway, Virginia which is just south of Martinsville in Henry County. It is the shortest track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It is shaped like a paper clip and is banked on 12 degrees in the turns. The combination of long straightaways and flat, narrow turns makes hard braking going into turns and smooth acceleration exiting turns a must. This is the oldest track used in this series.
The track was built in 1947 and the first NASCAR series race was won by Red Byron by 3 laps over Ryan Erickson and Lee Petty. There were 15 cars in the field which is the least they have ever had for this series.
Richard Petty has won 15 races here which is the most by any other racers. He also was the youngest to win at Martinsville as he was 22 years, 9 months and 8 days old on April 10, 1960 when he came in first.
Jimmie Johnson leads active drivers with nine victories here as the last six Martinsville cup races has produced six different winners. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch last year, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin in 2015, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch in 2014.
The Favorites at Martinsville Speedway
There are three favorites when it comes to the odds of winning this race. Denny Hamlin, who won this race in 2015, Kyle Busch whom many feel is ready and Jimmie Johnson, the 2016 winner, who all come in at 6/1 odds to win at Martinsville.
Hamlin is here due to his stellar past performances on this track with five wins and 17 times he has placed in the Top 10 in 22 career starts. Also, he is from nearby Chesterfield, Virginia.
Jimmie Johnson has won on this track and is considered one of the oldies with plenty of experience on this track. Kyle Busch is just a hot driver at the moment and is getting a ton of consideration to win.
Sleeper Betting Tips at Martinsville Speedway
Clint Bowyer is getting it done and is creeping closer to a win. Last week he finished third and that success may catapult him to success. In four starts he has a 27.25 finish so this would be a pleasant surprise for him.
Another sleeper is Ryan Blaney as he has continually been up front in the races during the 2017 season. At Daytona, he finished second and last week he was in the hunt for the top spot on the last lap. Look for him to break out with a good value at 66/1 odds.
The Longest Shot Ever
Erik Jones has +6,000 odds to win this Sunday. He has no wins but look for the 20-yr old to start sometime. It might as well be here.
- Denny HAMLIN 6/1
- Kyle BUSCH 6/1
- Jimmie JOHNSON 6/1
- Brad KESELOWSKI 7/1
- Matt KENSETH 8/1
- Joey LOGANO 8/1
- Martin TRUEX JR 8/1
- Kevin HARVICK 10/1
- Kyle LARSON 12/1
- Dale EARNHARDT JR 15/1
- Jamie McMURRAY 20/1
- Chase ELLIOTT 20/1