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Sport Early odds list Martin Truex Jr. as PointsBet favorite for Martinsville
Early odds list Kyle Larson as PointsBet favorite for Kansas
During the past three weeks, Kyle Larson's odds have gotten progressively lower. His third straight victory would be worth +235 at Kansas Speedway.Last week, Larson opened with odds of +360. After a dominant win in Texas, his line was reduced to +235. Texas was his eighth win of the season and third on a 1.5-mile track. No other driver in the field has more than one win on this course type.
is favored at (2 p.m. ET, NBC and Peacock). It is the seventh time this season he has been a favorite to win a Cup race.
Truex was also favored at Martinsville this spring with odds of +525 and Richmond Raceway in September with a line of +440. Those are two of Truex’s four wins this season, which is part of the reason that his odds were lowered +425 for the Sunday’s Xfinity 500. Truex has three Martinsville wins in his last four starts.
One way to view American odds is to move the decimal point two positions to the left. That will let a bettor know what they will make on a $1 bet. The return on investment for +425 odds is $4.25. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a line of +300 is the same as 3/1.
Hope remains strong for those below cutline heading to Martinsville
After numerous struggles Sunday at Kansas, those below the cutline in the Cup playoffs carry hope with them into the Oct. 31 race at Martinsville.Such was the feeling for those who left Kansas Speedway below the cutline after Sunday’s playoff race.
is ranked second this week with a line of +625. Hamlin has five wins on this bullring with the most recent coming in spring 2015. Last year, he failed to crack the top 10 in two Martinsville races, but rebounded to fifth this spring.
Hendrick Motorsports teammatesand are next in line with odds of +700.
Larson has only two top fives in 13 Martinsville starts, but for most bettors his stats reset this year with his move into the No. 5. Larson finished fifth in the spring Martinsville race. This is the longest line for Larson on an unrestricted oval since he was also posted at +700 for the fall Richmond race.
. He finished second this spring behind Truex. Sitting second in the driver championship standings with a 34-point advantage to the cutline, Elliott needs to insure that he has a solid finish. He is ranked second in regard to his championship odds with a line of +300 to Larson’s +140 .
Martinsville storylines: Keep it together
In his last three Martinsville races, Ryan Blaney has been hurt by pit road miscues. In Sunday's Round of 8 eliminator, he can't afford more mistakes.The Team Penske driver has been a contender to win in his last three visits to the Virginia half-mile track. But he came away empty-handed each time.
After sustaining crash damage and failing to finish last week’s race at Kansas Speedway,is embroiled in a tight battle for fourth in the driver standings. Blaney finished second in both Martinsville races last year, but failed to crack the top 10 this spring. He is ranked fifth with a line of +725.
is the only other driver with odds lower than 10/1. From 2015-18, Martinsville was one of Busch’s best tracks with two wins and an eight-race streak of top fives. In the last four races, his best result was a ninth in last year’s Xfinity 500.
is another driver fighting to be part of the Championship 4 at Phoenix Raceway. He challenged for the lead in each of the last two races this season and has a strong recent record at Martinsville. Before sustaining crash damage this spring, Keselowski had two wins, nine top fives, and a ninth in his previous 10 Martinsville starts. At +1000, he is ranked seventh along with teammate .
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to take on Martinsville and decide the Championship 4
After a three-week break in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, the competitors return to action in the United Rentals 200 this Saturday at Martinsville Speedway (1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) to decide which four drivers will advance to the Championship 4 Round and have a shot at the title. […]Five-race winner John Hunter Nemechek holds a 1-point advantage over two-race winner Ben Rhodes atop the standings, with three-time series champion Matt Crafton and defending series champion Sheldon Creed rounding out the current top four in the standings. Stewart Friesen in fifth, the first spot outside the Championship 4 Round cutoff, is only five points behind Creed.
One of this week’s top dark horses could be. He has not yet earned a Martinsville top five in 13 starts, but he was in the top 10 in both races last year and was 12th this spring. If he can pull off the Cinderella win on the Wood Brothers’ home track, that will be worth +12500.
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Breaking down the Championship 4 Cup drivers .
A look at how Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. stack up entering Sunday's Cup title finale at Phoenix (3 p.m. ET; NBC, Peacock).Chase Elliott looks to successfully defend his NASCAR Cup Series championship (although he himself wouldn’t term it that way).