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NASCAR Betting – Darkhorses to ride at Martinsville

Written by Gaby Varji   
Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:00

NASCAR OddsMarch Madness odds players are always on the hunt for the upset, and there were plenty in the first weekend of the big dance. That can translate over to the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, where Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin have dominated in recent years. Here’s the best NASCAR bets to step up and end their reign, at least until the fall race at the half-mile paper clip.

NASCAR Odds – Sunday, March 28, 1:00 PM ET

Tony Stewart (+1000)

Stewart won the 2006 spring race, and his 8.9 finishing average in 11 spring races at Martinsville is fourth among active drivers. He finished in the top 10 in both races last year, and he’s coming off a second-place run at Bristol last week as he failed to hold off Johnson.

Kevin Harvick (+1500)

The points leader finally finished outside of the top 10 last week, coming in 11th at Bristol. Sportsbook players may be scared off by his one top-10 in eight spring races at Martinsville, but he finished 11th in last year’s spring race, and then followed it up with a 10th-place run in the fall. As well as the No.29 team is running right now, you’d be crazy to discount their chances this week.

Juan Montoya (+1500)

Montoya is one of the best in NASCAR at using and saving his brakes, which comes in handy at Martinsville, where you’re on the breaks as much as any track outside of the road courses. He finished 12th in last year’s spring race, and then he was third in the fall race. Montoya had a good run going last week at Bristol before he was caught up in a late wreck, falling to 26th. He needs to make something happen as he sits 22nd in the standings.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+2200)

With an Earnhardt win, the price of tickets available to book per head could go up as NASCAR’s most popular driver hasn’t won in a while, and he hasn’t been consistently good in a couple of years. However, we saw an angry Earnhardt on the radio last week, which shows that he has the passion to get better, and he’s good at Martinsville, especially in the spring race, where he has seven top-10s in 10 races, and his 8.4 average is third behind Johnson and Gordon.

Ryan Newman (+2800)

The “Rocketman” is second to only Gordon for average starting position in the Martinsville spring race, posting a 10.8, although his 18.1 finishing average leaves something to be desired. Newman finished in the top 10 in both Martinsville races last year, and the No.39 team is slowly improving. Compared with your NCAA basketball odds, Newman would probably be Cornell, but they’ve fared pretty well so far, so don’t be afraid to take a risk.

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