NASCAR Betting – Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Odds

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Hand it to NASCAR for the exotic sponsors and fancy race titles. It’s back to mid-week racing in the Cup Series with Wednesday’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 from the short track at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. After jumpstarting the season with five races in 15 days, drivers had an entire week off between the last two events. The extra time helped Kevin Harvick, who registered his second victory since the reboot taking the checkered flag at Sunday’s QuikTrip 500, joining Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano as two-time winners this season.  You can place your bets here and claim your generous welcome bonus from with a maximum of $1000.

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Those four are all near the top of the odds board but not on top. That distinction belongs to Kyle Busch, who’s looking for his first victory of the season. Kyle has a great history on short tracks, though Martinsville isn’t his best. Keselowski dominated last year’s sprint winning all three stages and holding the lead for 446 of the 500 laps. Visit for a complete updated odds list and to place your wager.

NASCAR Cup Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 7 p.m. ET
Location: Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA
Opening NASCAR Odds: Kyle Busch +425
Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 TV Coverage: FS1

At 0.526 miles Martinsville is the shortest track in the Cup Series. Drivers are faced with another adjustment coming off the 1.54 mile quad oval at Atlanta. We saw Keselowski get some help to win on the short track at Bristol and he’s won here twice in the last three years so it goes without mentioning that he should be near the top of the list. When it comes to short tracks, though, Kyle Busch has to be considered. He’s been so good that’s why he’s the favorite.

The same random draw used for the last two races to determine the starting lineup was in effect again. Ryan Blaney will start from the pole with Aric Almirola joining him in the front row. Keselowski is the only pole-sitter to win a race this season, visiting the winner’s circle at Bristol in the first short track race of the season. Favorite Kyle Busch starts from the seventh position.

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Odds at

Kyle Busch +425
Brad Keselowski +600
Martin Truex Jr +600
Chase Elliott +600
Denny Hamlin +725
Joey Logano +850
Kevin Harvick +1100
Ryan Blaney +1150
Clint Bowyer +2000
Jimmie Johnson +2100

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In eight races at Martinsville prior to last year’s 14th-place showing at the First Data 500, Kyle Busch placed among the top-5 each time with a pair of victories, adding to his legendary resume on short tracks. We could say Kyle is in a slump having gone the season without a victory. However, he gave teammate Harvick a challenge last week finishing second. It was the third runner-up finish and sixth top four in his last eight starts.

A lot of attention will be directed at Keselowski following his recent hot streak and deservedly so. In his last seven starts at Martinsville his average finish is 3.7. Let that sink in for a moment. During that time he owns a pair of victories. Keselowski is quite comfortable on the sprints and crowded corners. He gets some pushback for being in the right place at the right time in his last two victories, but good drivers make their own luck.

It seems as though the same drivers are at the top of the odds board only in different order. The best typically rise to the top and we’ve seen that this season with Harvick becoming the fourth driver to win twice in the 10 races. Kyle and Kurt Busch are noticeably absent from the winners list as is legendary Jimmie Johnson.

If history means anything Johnson should be in the running. He carries plenty of value at his current price and you can’t discount him despite not taking the checkered flag since 2017, a span of 105 races. He took third at Bristol and 14 of his 83 career Cup Series wins have come on short tracks. If feels like he’s getting closer.

One thing we haven’t had this season is a back-to-back winner, so fading Harvick might be the thing to do. I mistakenly did that on Sunday and it cost me since Harvick was the first to cross the finish line. He’s been consistent, though, finishing among the top-10 in nine of 10 races this season. Look for the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to be competitive again.

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It’s alarming that Kyle Busch has yet to visit the winners circle since he’s won at least four races in each of the previous five seasons. He let me down at Bristol, but his record on short tracks is phenomenal. I guess if I keep going back to him he’ll eventually make me a winner. So, I’m going back to him on Wednesday.

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Odds Pick: Kyle Busch

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- Phil Simon,

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