The Chase for the Sprint Cup continues this Sunday with the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 from the Martinsville Speedway. Here is a look at what to expect along with the best bets from the betting odds.
About The Track
The biggest aspect of the transition from last week’s race to this week’s is the distance as Talladega was the longest track on the Sprint Cup circuit while Martinsville is the shortest. This track is also a lot less volatile than Talladega and with bonus points awarded for laps led there is the potential for some big point totals on Sunday with 500 laps for drivers to battle it out. Last week’s race winner Joey Logano owns the record for fastest qualifying lap at Martinsville and considering his recent Chase results it should be no surprise that he is considered a lock to place in the top-five.
Best Bet To Win Outright: Jimmie Johnson +600 Betting Odds
The NASCAR world is waiting for the driver of the No. 48 car to finally arrive in this year’s Chase and considering his overall numbers at Martinsville there is a very good chance we see that happen this weekend. Johnson hasn’t won a race since taking the checkered flag at Dover all the way back in May and he placed a disappointing 35th in the March race at this track but he has recorded eight-career wins at Martinsville and after showing flashes of his dominant self in each of the last two races we expect Johnson to finally break through and get back in the win column this Sunday. He might not be in contention for a championship title anymore but Johnson has something to prove so look for him to take the checkered flag at Martinsville with your sports picks at Pinnacle.
Best Bet To Finish Top-Five: Joey Logano +600
If Joey Logano’s wild win at Talladega last week is any indication, we should be in for plenty of fireworks again this weekend. Johnson has the track record at Martinsville but no driver in the Sprint Cup Series is hotter than Logano right now and there is every reason to think his hot streak will continue this weekend. The driver of the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford has won each of the last three races and while four straight wins might be too much to ask he should be a lock to place in the top-five. Logano has finished in the top-five in each of the last three races at Martinsville and his calm, confident demeanor should play out perfectly at the track known as the “paper clip”. Jeff Gordon should be another good bet to place in the top-five as the only Hendrick driver that still has a chance to win the championship while Virginia-native Denny Hamlin should be in the mix as well but based on what we have seen of late Logano has to be considered a lock for a top-five finish.