Updated NASCAR at Martinsville Odds & Picks: The Driver To Bet Live for Sunday’s Postponed Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 (April 11)
Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images. Pictured: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Toyota
For the second straight race weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series race has been delayed due to rain, which, when combined with Masters Sunday, sets up an epic sports (and betting) day.
In fact, the NASCAR XFINITY Series will restart its postponed Cook Out 250 at noon ET at Martinsville Speedway as well, making it a delightful, all-day affair.
The Cup Series’ Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 completed just 42 of 500 laps, and DraftKings has reposted live NASCAR odds for the postponed race (4 p.m. ET, FS1), meaning bettors still have the opportunity to get down on it if they so choose.
It never hurts that we also got to see and analyze Saturday night’s 42 laps to enlighten us on which drivers will contend for the win.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at a driver to bet live below.
NASCAR at Martinsville Pick
I bet on Martin Truex Jr. before the race started, and he remains my favorite bet based on the latest NASCAR at Martinsville odds.
Truex Jr. started in seventh place Saturday, navigating his way to fourth before the red flag waved for rain, showing he has a fast car on a green race rack.
A track is considered “green” when there isn’t any rubber ground into the surface, which is often the result of rain — and we’ve certainly seen plenty of that this weekend at Martinsville.
However, cars race the track “rubbers in,” and this is important because it changes the handling of the cars. So, drivers who were fast on a green track Saturday might have struggles once the track rubbers in, and visa versa.
More important to note is that the XFINITY Series will complete its Cook Out 250 ahead of the Cup Series’ Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500, and assuming rain doesn’t fall between the races (click here for latest weather forecast at Martinsville), the track will have more rubber than it did Saturday.
As a result, I don’t want to overreact to Saturday’s handful of laps, although Truex Jr. was plenty fast in that short stint, and still like the No. 19 Toyota at +500 odds based on its recent history at Martinsville, which includes two wins in the past three Cup Series races.