In his five races for Joe Gibbs Racing on this circuit, Martin Truex Jr has won here three times. On the other two occasions, he finished 22nd and 8th. He never started from position 1 in any of those races.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has already won at Martinsville this season, having won the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 back in April 2021.
Back then, Truex Jr’s closest rival was Denny Hamlin, whom he passed on lap 485 on what is one of the schedule’s shortest circuits.
At the time, the win was Truex Jr’s fifth victory on a short circuit in his previous 11 races. Showing that the Joe Gibbs Racing car seems to suit the shorter circuits.
Hence why the above two make up one and three in the betting this weekend!
For this race I’m looking for some better value though.
All the stats point towards a win for one of the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers, and although Truex Jr has the track record here, I’m going to go for his teammate, Denny Hamlin to win this week.
Hamlin is +600 to win, and he is my Nascar betting pick for the Xfinity 500 on Sunday.
The battle to see which driver wins may well be a fascinating one, but it also makes the Nascar odds for the Race Winning Team interesting as well.
Team Penske has nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
All three of their drivers sit outside of the top 4, and only one of them can get in on points. So will they throw caution to the wind on Sunday and go all out to get one of their guys across the line first?
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