Publish Date: 04/09/2022
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
Last week At Richmond Denny Hamlin got his first win of the season rebounding from his horrible start in 2022. This week the drivers head to Martinsville Speedway, the oldest active track on the Nascar circuit, chasing one of the most coveted trophies, the Martinsville Grandfather Clock. With seven races recorded and seven different drivers recording a win, it’s starting to look like you MUST win to get into the playoffs. This week the race will be on Saturday Night, and I look for it to be another exciting short track race. Don’t forget to join Steve Risley, Joe Spilman and Ryan Peters on The Grueling Truth Nascar Show Wednesday’s at 7pm as they recap all the action from the previous week and give you their top picks for the next race. You can Find the Grueling truth on Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Google Podcast, and I Heart radio, Check out the best bookmakers for betting on NASCAR!
Top 5 best bets for the Blu-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway
Kyle Busch ran well last week at Richmond, finishing in 9th place. Busch more than likely would have finished in the top 5 if he wasn’t penalized for a piece of small tape that ended up on his grill. Busch has won two times at Martinsville in the past and I look for him to be competing for a win Saturday night. Busch is +1000 to win, +225 to finish in the top 3, and +120 to finish in the top 5
Chase Elliott has 1 win and 4 top-five finishes in his last six races at Martinsville. Elliott is still looking for his first win of the season and is currently the only Hendrick driver that remains winless. Look for Elliott to have a strong performance this week. Elliott is +700 to win, +175 to finish in the top 3, and -125 to finish in the top 5.
Martin Truex Jr. is the favorite for this week’s race at Martinsville, and he should be. Truex Jr. has three wins at the track in his last 6 races. Last week Truex jr. was in contention to win on the final laps, however, older tires near the end of the race caused his speeds to drop and he ended up finishing in 4th place. Truex Jr. is +550 to win, +150 to finish in the top 3, and -145 to finish in the top 5. Check out the best new sportsbooks!
Ryan Blaney has averaged a top 5 finish at Martinsville in the last six races, but he has yet to win the coveted grandfather clock, however, he always seems to put on a strong performance at short tracks. Look for Blaney to be running in the top 5 near the end of the race. Blaney is +900 to win, +190 to finish in the top 3, and -110 to finish in the top 5.
Denny Hamlin got his first win last week at Richmond after a terrible start to the 2022 season. Hamlin has 5 career wins at Martinsville and is a great short track stock car driver. Look for Hamlin to play the strategy game this week, as I look for him to run in the middle of the pack most of the day, before making is move to the front in stage 3. Hamlin is +900 to win, + 200 to finish in the top 3, and -105 to finish in the top 5.