Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Betting

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After taking Easter weekend off, NASCAR returns to action live on April 10th for some Saturday night short track racing at Martinsville.

The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 is the first of two annual appearances at Martinsville Speedway and is the 8th race of the 2021 season.

Martin Truex Jr. enters as the betting favorite with most NASCAR betting sites. He’s followed closely by Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney.

Truex, Elliott and Keselowski have won the last four events at Martinsville. Can one of these drivers win on Saturday night?

Let’s put on our safety gear, strap in tightly, rev those engines, and make some checkered flag winning predictions.

Race Profile

Martinsville Speedway is a traditional half mile short track shaped like an elongated oval. The surface is made of asphalt and all four turns have a 12 degree banking. Sunday’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 breaks down as follows:

Total Miles: 263 miles
Total Laps: 500 laps
Stage 1: First 130 laps
Stage 2: Second 130 laps
Final Stage: Remaining 240 laps

ready to flip the switch to the weekend ✨#WallpaperWednesday pic.twitter.com/nTrYFlFQcg

— Martinsville Speedway (@MartinsvilleSwy) April 7, 2021

What to Watch for at Martinsville

With all of the excitement heading into this weekend, the following storylines are worth keeping an eye on:

Will Truex, Elliott or Keselowski win the race?
Will we have an 8th different winner on the season?
Will Chevy get their first win of this race since 2014?
Can Ford win for the 4th time in the last five races?
Can Harvick or Kyle Busch pick up a much needed win?

Previous Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Winners

The first race at Martinsville Speedway was run in 1950 and won by Curtis Turner who would also go on to win the next year as well. Since then, Richard Petty would end up winning this race a record nine times.

Of the active drivers, Denny Hamlin has won this race three times. Martin Truex Jr. is the defending race winner. The following is a list of winners dating back to 2006:

Tony Stewart in 2006
Jimmie Johnson in 2007, 2009, 2013
Denny Hamlin in 2008, 2010, 2015
Kevin Harvick in 2011
Ryan Newman in 2012
Kurt Busch in 2014
Kyle Busch in 2016
Brad Keselowski in 2017, 2019
Clint Bowyer in 2018
Martin Truex Jr. in 2020

NASCAR Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Betting Odds

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Martin Truex Jr (+500)
Chase Elliott (+600)
Brad Keselowski (+650)
Denny Hamlin (+650)
Ryan Blaney (+700)
Joey Logano (+750)
Kyle Busch (+1000)
Kyle Larson (+1000)
Kevin Harvick (+1200)
William Byron (+1800)
Alex Bowman (+2000)
Christopher Bell (+2800)
Kurt Busch (+2800)
Aric Almirola (+6600)
Matt DiBenedetto (+6600)
Tyler Reddick (+6600)
Austin Dillon (+8000)
Darrell Wallace Jr (+8000)
Ryan Newman (+8000)
Chase Briscoe (+10000)
Cole Custer (+10000)
Daniel Suarez (+10000)
Erik Jones (+10000)
Chris Buescher (+12500)
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (+15000)

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Betting Favorites

According to most NASCAR betting sites, the following drivers are considered the odds on favorites to win the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 from Martinsville.

Driver
Wins
Top 5
Top 10
Avg Start
Avg Finish
DNF
Martin Truex Jr
2
7
13
13.5
17
2
Chase Elliott
1
4
6
10.5
14.5
0
Brad Keselowski
2
11
16
11.7
10.2
0
Denny Hamlin
5
15
21
8.7
9.9
2
Ryan Blaney
0
5
6
8.1
10.7
0

Martin Truex Jr (+500)

Top 5 (-118)
Top 10 (-385)

In the last race, Truex was in the midst of a strong run at the Bristol dirt race before car issues took him from 1st down to 19th. He did lead the most laps and saw a bump in the driver standings from 4th to 3rd. He’s also 4th in Playoff points.

The 19th place result at Bristol snapped a four race streak of finishing in the Top 9 which included a win at Phoenix. Fortunately, Truex will head to Martinsville this weekend where he’s had success at in the past.

In addition to winning this race last year, Truex has two wins, five Top 5s, and six Top 10s in the last seven races at this track. He’s won two of the last three races at Martinsville.

Truex will be a Top 5 and Top 10 driver this weekend. I also expect him to compete for the checkered flag.

Chase Elliott (+600)

Top 5 (-105)
Top 10 (-335)

Elliott bounced back at Bristol with a 10th place result after having engine issues in Atlanta two races ago and finishing 38th overall. On the season, he only has two Top 5s and has yet to really compete for a checkered flag since a 2nd place result to open the year in the Daytona 500.

It’s a bit of a surprise that the reigning Cup Series champ is racing this subpar as of now and sits 9th in the standings. Fortunately, like with Truex, Elliott is heading to a track this Saturday where he’s raced well at.

Seven races down, 861 laps raced in the top 10. 👊@chaseelliott and the @NAPARacing team are revved up and looking for more strong runs this season! pic.twitter.com/yerPPj9Z3H

— Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) March 31, 2021

In 11 starts at Martinsville, Elliott has one win, four Top 5s, six Top 10s and a 14.5 average finish which is 6th best among the field.

Elliott won the Martinsville race in the Playoffs last year and was 5th in the 2020 edition of this race. He’s had five Top 9s in the last six races and three Top 5s in the last four events at this track.

I like Elliott to be a Top 10, Top 5, and Top 3 car as he competes for the checkered flag.

Brad Keselowski (+650)

Top 5 (-105)
Top 10 (-335)

Keselowski enters this race 5th in the standings. He has three Top 5s on the season and four other finishes outside of the Top 10. Outside of Las Vegas, he has yet to be a real contender for a checkered flag on the season. But, that could change this weekend.

In 22 appearances at Martinsville, Keselowski has two wins, 11 Top 5s, 16 Top 10s, and a 10.2 average finish which is 2nd best among the field.

He also has five straight Top 5s and 10 straight Top 10s. In fact, over the last five years, his worst result was 10th as he has nine Top 5s over that stretch.

Keselowski will be a Top 5 and Top 10 car this weekend. I also expect him to compete with Truex and Elliott for the checkered flag.

Denny Hamlin (+650)

Top 5 (+105)
Top 10 (-285)

Since the Daytona road course, Denny Hamlin has been 1st in the driver standings. His season has been remarkable despite not winning a race so far.

In seven races on the season, Hamlin has six Top 5s and seven Top 11s. His worst result of the year was 11th at Homestead. He has four straight Top 4 finishes and is 58 points ahead of Logano in the standings.

At Martinsville, Hamlin has five wins, 15 Top 5s and 21 Top 10s in 30 starts. His 9.9 average finish is the best among the field. Last year wasn’t particularly good for Hamlin at this track as he finished 24th in this race.

Despite that result, I do expect Hamlin to be a Top 5 and Top 10 car. His 21 Top 10s are the most among active drivers.

Ryan Blaney (+700)

Top 5 (+115)
Top 10 (-275)

Blaney enters this weekend’s event sitting 7th in the standings. He’s scored four straight Top 10 results including a win in Atlanta two races ago which took him from 13th to 7th in the standings.

Ryan Blaney had a pair of runner-ups last year at Martinsville. In 5 of the last 6 overall races there he’s finished in the top 5. pic.twitter.com/8PUF2bwNWc

— Ryan (@ifantasyrace) April 5, 2021

At Martinsville, Blaney has five Top 5s, six Top 10s, and a 10.7 average finish in just 10 starts. His average finish is 3rd best among the field. He’s also finished in the Top 5 over the last four races at this track.

In 2020, Blaney finished 2nd in both Martinsville races. I expect the #12 car to be a Top 10 car this weekend with a ceiling of Top 5. I don’t see Blaney picking up the win. Yet, his Top 5 odds do offer some value.

The Best Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Betting Value

The following NASCAR drivers offer betting value for the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 due to their current betting odds, their past success at Martinsville Speedway, and their 2021 season so far:

Driver
Wins
Top 5
Top 10
Avg Start
Avg Finish
DNF
Joey Logano
1
8
12
7.9
12.4
0
Kyle Busch
2
16
18
10.8
12.2
1
Kyle Larson
0
1
2
12.8
22.4
4
Kevin Harvick
1
5
19
13.9
14.9
1

Joey Logano (+750)

Top 5 (+105)
Top 10 (-285)

Logano shocked the field when he won the Bristol dirt race two weeks ago. With very little dirt track experience, Logano beat out the favorites and picked up a huge win on the season. That victory bumped him up to 2nd in the standings and was his third Top 5 of the year.

At Martinsville, Logano has one win, eight Top 5s, and 12 Top 10s in 24 starts. He also has a 12.4 average finish which is 5th best among the field.

In the last six races at this track, Logano has one win, three Top 5s and five Top 10s. He’s also led laps in four of those races. In 2020, the #22 car finished 4th in this race and 3rd in the fall event.

I like Logano to be a Top 10 car with a Top 5 ceiling. He’s averaging a 9.4 finish on the year. Plus he starts on the pole for this race.

Kyle Busch (+1000)

Top 5 (+170)
Top 10 (-225)

Busch’s first two months of the season haven’t been anything to brag about. In fact, he only has two Top 5 and two Top 10 results on the year.

Busch currently sits 12th in the driver standings and is need of a strong run at Martinsville this weekend to pick up some momentum this spring. Fortunately, this is a track where “Rowdy” has raced well at in his career.

On this day in 2016, Kyle Busch won at Martinsville! pic.twitter.com/3lNeBop3Uz

— NASCAR PICTURES (@Nascarpixtures) April 3, 2021

In 21 starts, Busch has two wins, 16 Top 5s, 18 Top 10s, and a 12.2 average finish which is 4th best among the field.

Over the last 11 races at this track, Busch has eight Top 5s and nine Top 10s along with two victories. His worst result was 19th which came in this race last year.

I can see the #18 car having a solid run on Saturday night. However, until he wins a race, I can’t pick him to take the checkered flag. Instead, I believe he’s a Top 10 car with a Top 5 ceiling.

Kyle Larson (+1000)

Top 5 (+170)
Top 10 (-225)

Larson entered the Bristol Dirt Race as the betting favorite and was doing well until he was collateral damage from a spinout by Christopher Bell. Larson would finish 29th and fall from 2nd to 4th in the standings.

Prior to that result, Larson had finished in the Top 7 for four straight races including a win in Las Vegas and a runner up in Atlanta.

Of the Top 5 drivers in the standings, Larson has the worst average finish (22.5) at Martinsville. In fact, Larson has the worst average finish among the Top 10 drivers.

In 12 starts, he has one Top 5 and two Top 10s. His best result in this race came in 2016 when he was 3rd. Following that result, he had six straight results outside of the Top 13.

Larson didn’t compete in either Martinsville event last year due to his suspension. He will look to breakout of his Martinsville slump this weekend.

I think Larson can crack the Top 10 due to how well he’s running on the season so far.

Kevin Harvick (+1200)

Top 5 (+190)
Top 10 (-180)

Harvick enters this race sitting 8th in the standings with two Top 5s, five Top 7s, and a 9.4 average finish on the year. Yet, it feels like he’s 15th in the standings because he’s not racing up to his normal high level.

After the first seven races last year, Harvick already had one win, five Top 5s and seven Top 9s. He was on top of the standings and didn’t relinquish that spot for another 24 races. Harvick finished the year with nine victories.

Harvick has had a bit of success at Martinsville, but not like some of the favorites. In 39 starts, he has one win, five Top 5s and 19 Top 10s. His win came in this race 10 years ago.

Harvick does have five Top 10s in the last seven events at this track and should be a Top 10 driver once again. I wouldn’t be surprised if he snuck into the Top 5 as well.

The Top Longshot to Win the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

Ryan Newman (+8000)

Top 5 (+900)
Top 10 (+275)

Newman had a solid run at the Bristol Dirt Race with a 5th place result. That was his second Top 10 result on the season and he has a 9.0 average finish over the last two races.

Like Harvick, Newman has a similar resume at Martinsville including one win, eight Top 5s, 17 Top 10s, and a 14.8 average finish which is 7th best among active drivers.

Newman is my longshot to win the race and to finish in the Top 5. However, he does have some value with his Top 10 odds. With a 9.0 average finish over the last two weeks and 17 Top 10s at this track, I can see Newman possibly cracking the Top 10 if he can stay out of trouble.

The Rest of the Field at Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

The following drivers are worth keeping an eye on at Martinsville Speedway this Saturday night:

William Byron (+1800) – Byron currently sits 6th in the driver standings with one win, one Top 5 and five Top 10s. He has five straight Top 8 results on the year. Byron has two Top 8 results in the last three races at this track.
Christopher Bell (+2800) – Bell sits 10th in the standings, but does have one victory already which came at the Daytona Road race in Week 2 of the season. He crashed out of the Bristol Dirt Race, which he was a favorite in. Bell has a 21.5 average finish at Martinsville and would be lucky to crack the Top 10.
Austin Dillon (+8000) – Dillon sits tied with Bell in the driver standings, but would lose that tie breaker due to Bell’s win. He also has a 15.0 average finish on the year. Dillon only has two Top 5s and two Top 10s at Martinsville in 14 starts. He also has three straight finishes of 22nd or worse.

The Best Top 5 Bet for Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

I’m betting on Denny Hamlin at my favorite online sportsbook to finish in the Top 5 for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500. I also like his odds of +105 to crack the Top 5.

On the season, Hamlin has six Top 5s in seven races. He also has four straight Top 4 results and sits on top of the driver standings.

At Martinsville, Hamlin has five wins, 15 Top 5s and 21 Top 10s in 30 starts. His 9.9 average finish is the best among active drivers. He also has three Top 5s in the last five races at this track.

With the way he’s driving this year, combined with his past success at Martinsville, I like the #11 car to be in the Top 5 on Saturday night.

The Best Top 10 Bet for Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

Joey Logano is my best bet for finishing in the Top 10. Although the odds of -286 aren’t appealing, the #22 car is a lock to crack the Top 10 in most races.

The 2️⃣2️⃣ has the early advantage Saturday! @joeylogano will start on the #BuschPole at @MartinsvilleSwy. pic.twitter.com/aiXwfI15Dv

— NASCAR (@NASCAR) April 7, 2021

On the season, Logano has one win, three Top 5s, and four Top 10s in seven races. He also has a 9.4 average finish so far.

At Martinsville, Logano has one win, eight Top 5s, and 12 Top 10s in 24 starts. He’s finished in the Top 10 for five of the last six races at this track. Furthermore, Joey has a 6.8 average finish over that span. Take Logano to finish in the Top 10 and possibly even sneak into the Top 5.

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Checkered Flag

My Top 5 drivers this week are Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. With that said, I believe the winner will come from the trio of Elliott, Truex and Keselowski.

All three of those drivers have won in the last four races at Martinsville with Truex winning twice. Furthermore, they’re all in the Top 9 in the driver standings.

For me, I am leaning towards Elliott picking up this weekend’s victory. That’s hard for me to say since I root for Truex on a weekly basis, but I think the defending Cup Series champ is about due for a victory on the year.

Elliott finished 5th in this race last season and won the fall race at Martinsville. I see the #9 car edging out the other favorites for a much needed victory in 2021.

My Top 5 Drivers

Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr.
Brad Keselowski

Race Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Betting Recap

Betting Value

Joey Logano (+750)
Kyle Busch (+1000)
Kyle Larson (+1000)
Kevin Harvick (+1200)

Longshot

Winner

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