NASCAR betting: STP Gas Booster 500

Apr 4, 2013 |
NASCAR betting: STP Gas Booster 500
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a strong history at Martinsville.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a strong history at Martinsville.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
The Sprint Cup Series shifts to Martinsville, Va. for the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway this Sunday.

Thirty of the last 32 races held at the smallest track (.526 miles) have featured a double-digit number of caution flags.

Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers with seven victories each at Martinsville.

Favorite: Jimmie Johnson (+500)

Johnson has seven wins, tying Dover (Del.) International Speedway for his career-best total at a single track on the circuit. A win Sunday would make him the winningest active driver at the half-mile oval. Johnson holds the series’ best driver rating for the track and has finished outside the top-10 only three times in 22 races.

Live dog: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+1,200)

Earnhardt has never visited Victory Lane at Martinsville in 26 attempts, but Virginia is one of his best tracks statistically. He has led more laps at Martinsville (868) than at any other track and his 14 top-10 finishes there ranks second only to Daytona, where he's posted 15 top 10s.

Long shot: Ryan Newman (+2,500)

Ryan Newman won last year's spring race at Martinsville. After a slow start, Newman has posted a seventh-place finish at Bristol and 10th at Fontana. Newman has one win, seven top 5s and 11 top 10s in 22 races at Martinsville.

Key stat: No active driver has scored his or her first Cup win at Martinsville. Also, the race winner at Martinsville has started from the pole 20 times, the most productive starting position of any track.

Notable quotable:

"I remember the first several races I ran there (Martinsville), I ran into everything. I ran into other race cars, walls, pace cars, just about everything that could be ran into, I found it." Dale Earnhardt Jr. on his early history at Martinsville.

Odds to win the STP Gas Booster 500 courtesy of JustBet:

Jimmie Johnson 4/1
Brad Keselowski 6/1
Kyle Busch 6/1
Jeff Gordon 8/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12/1
Kasey Kahne 12/1
Tony Stewart 12/1
Matt Kenseth 12/1
Kevin Harvick 15/1
Mark Martin 15/1
Carl Edwards 15/1
Clint Bowyer 15/1
Greg Biffle 20/1
Joey Logano 25/1
Ryan Newman 25/1
Martin Truex Jr. 30/1
Kurt Busch 40/1
Brian Vickers 40/1
Jeff Burton 50/1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 50/1
Jamie McMurray 60/1
Aric Almirola 60/1
Paul Menard 75/1
Juan Montoya 75/1
Marcos Ambrose 75/1
Danica Patrick 300/1
Regan Smith 300/1
Field 50/1

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