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Arena: Martinsville Speedway
Location: Martinsville, VA
Date: October 27, 2013
NASCAR Betting Online: All of the best auto racers in the world will be behind the wheel at historic Martinsville Speedway this October for the Goody's Fast Relief 500. NASCAR betting action will be hot and heavy until the green flag drops on this one, which is the sixth race out of ten in the NASCAR Chase for the Championship.
Watch closely for how NASCAR officials try to get this race in. There are not lights strong enough to support racing once the sun sets, and this 1:30 ET start time is going to be one of the earliest of the year for the Sunday racers.
Denny Hamlin became the first driver not from the state of California to win this race since 2002. The Hendrick Motor Sports combination of Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson won every single fall race here from 2003 to 2008. Johnson used this race as a huge boost towards the Chase for the Championship in 2006, 2007, and 2008, all years in which he won the Sprint Cup Championship.
The first man to win this race was Herb Thomas in 1950. Though it would seem like Johnson, a four time winner of this event, would have the most wins in its history, that isn't the case. Gordon also has four wins here in the fall Martinsville race, but both Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip, two of the best racers in the history of NASCAR, have six titles here. Petty won four straight races from 1967 to 1970, the longest winning streak in the history of Martinsville Speedway.
Most of the races on this short track are relatively slow, especially considering the fact that there are usually a number of caution flags. However, Gordon did finish this 500 mile race with an average speed of 82.223 MPH in 1996, the first and only time to date that anyone has broken an average of 80 MPH here at Martinsville.
There aren't a lot of other drivers here that have won at Martinsville that are going to be in the Chase for the Championship, but both Tony Stewart (2000) and Kurt Busch (2002) will join Hamlin, Gordon, and Johnson as the three that probably have a leg up.
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Martinsville Speedway ran its first NASCAR race on July 4, 1948. In 1949, Martinsville ran the sixth race in the series that eventually became the Cup Series.
Martinsville Speedway opened in 1947 with 750 seats and has grown continuously over the years. But other than being paved in 1955, the track configuration has not changed since Red Byron won the inaugural event.
The speedway is located three miles south of Martinsville, Va., and is the only original NASCAR-sanctioned track still running Cup Series events.
Richard Petty remains the track's leading winner with 15 victories.
The speedway's founder, the late H. Clay Earles, and track president, W. Clay Campbell, have always insisted on beautification. "We like to think of our track as a family type facility," Earles said. "We like to see a man bring his wife and children to our events and be comfortable."
Campbell became track president in 1988, and since that time the speedway has more than doubled its seating capacity. Under Campbell's leadership, the track has constructed 25 corporate suites, a chalet village for hospitality entertainment, high-rise grandstands and twice as much free parking.
Some of the other improvements in the past several years include a new entrance for race-day traffic off the U.S. 58 Bypass, all pits are now on one pit road, an overhead walkway from the grandstand to the parking area, an infield media center, new scoreboard, infield tunnel and competitors' garage.
How to bet on Nascar Goody's Fast Relief 500
The odds of a driver to win the Goody's Fast Relief 500 will generally look something like:
- Jeff Gordon + 200
- Mark Martin + 250
- Jeff Burton + 300
- Bill Elliott + 700
- Robby Gordon + 700
- Field + 500
These betting odds will be lower when betting on a driver to finish in the top three, as the sportsbook must pay off three different winning bets.
A player would have to bet $10 to win $20 that Jeff Gordon will win the Goody's Fast Relief 500, while the bettor wagering on Bill Elliott stands to win $70 on their $10 wager.
Another commonly placed bet in NASCAR is head-to-head finish between two drivers. With this bet, a player doesn't really care what place the driver finishes in, as long as the driver finishes higher than the other driver.
A head-to-head betting line for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 will look something like:
- Mark Martin - 130 Jeff Burton + 110
In this bet, players wagering on Martin to finish higher than Burton will be asked to risk $13 to win $10, while bettors believing that Burton will finish higher than Martin will bet $10 to win $11.
Those familiar with sports betting will have no trouble making the transition to NASCAR wagering, while those new to the world of sports betting should be able to pick up the concepts of NASCAR betting without too much hassle.
2012 Tums Fast Relief 500 Winner - Johnson dominates TUMS Fast Relief 500
Stop reading if you’ve heard this story before: Jimmie Johnson dominates the fall race at Martinsville Speedway and uses the victory at the Southside Virginia track as a launching pad for a Sprint Cup Series title.
If you haven’t read it before, Johnson has written three chapters to that story and is in the process of penning a fourth.
Johnson dominated the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on Sunday afternoon, leading a race-high 193 laps and holding off Kyle Busch to claim his seventh victory at the track and fourth of the 2012 season. He takes a two-point lead over Brad Keselowski into the final three races of the year (Texas, Phoenix and Homestead).
Johnson won the fall Martinsville race in 2006, ’07 and ’08 on his way to his first three championships. He finished second in ’09 and fifth in ’10 during the final two years of his five straight Cup titles.
Johnson also won the fall race in ’04 and finished second in the standings that season — eight points behind Kurt Busch.
Johnson made sure his ’09 result (second place) didn’t repeat itself by getting a good jump on Kyle Busch on the race’s final restart. Busch had an opportunity to bump Johnson out of the way in Turn 1 on the white flag lap, but knew the championship implications that were riding on the last lap.
2011 Tums Fast Relief 500 Winner - Stewart survives caution-filled Martinsville race
Tony Stewart made a statement at Martinsville Speedway by capturing the win behind the wheel of his No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, Stewart took the lead on the final restart and remained on the point for the final three laps of the 500-lap/263-mile race.
It is the two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion’s third win in the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and catapulted him to second in the standings, just eight points out of the lead with three races remaining in the season.
This win in the TUMS Fast Relief 500 is Stewart’s third at the tough .526-mile track in southern Virginia. He led three times for a total of 14 laps on the way to his 42nd NSCS career win.
Five-time defending NSCS champion Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Mylowes Chevrolet, finished second just .170 seconds behind Stewart. Johnson led twice for a total of 61 laps and sits sixth in the standings, 43 points behind the top-spot.
2010 Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville - Race Results
Denny Hamlin won the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway to pull within six points of Jimmie Johnson in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings.
After four laps of side-by-side racing, Hamlin passed Kevin Harvick on lap 471 and kept the top spot the rest of the way during green-flag racing.
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