NASCAR Martinsville Odds & Picks: The Driver to Bet for Today’s First Data 500

Oct 27, 2019 10:17 AM EDT
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Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (78) make a pit stop.

  • NASCAR's First Data 500 is scheduled to go green today at 3:14 p.m. ET (NBCSN) at Martinsville Speedway.
  • PJ Walsh details which futures bet is offering value for today's race.

Martinsville Speedway is no stranger to drama, especially during NASCAR’s fall event. Martinsville is a tight .526-mile track that results in plenty of beating and banging while not allowing drivers to truly find clear racetrack.

Throw in the added intensity of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, and you have a recipe for excitement, tempers and hurt feelings.

Remember, a win this afternoon locks that team into the series finale at Homestead with a shot at the championship, so drivers will be aggressive as possible to secure the checkered flag.

After analyzing historical Martinsville races, performances at similar racetracks with the current aero package and this weekend’s on-track activity, here are my favorite bets for today’s First Data 500.

NASCAR Martinsville Best Bets

Five drivers — Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Chase Elliott — currently have odds of 6-1 or shorter at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas to win today’s race.

However, there’s one past Martinsville winner I’m eyeing as a nice value bet.

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