The NASCAR Cup Series takes place at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday 2023 Noco 400. The green flag is scheduled to drop just after 3 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1) from Martinsville, Virginia. Let’s analyze the lines of BetMGM Sportsbook 2023 Noco 400 Oddsand meet our expert NASCAR tips and predictions.
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Noco 400: What you need to know
- Stewart Haas Racing Ryan Preece posted a best speed of 94.780 mph to win his first NASCAR Cup Series career poll.
- TrackHouse Racing Daniel Suarez was hot on Preece’s heels and posted a qualifying speed of 94.298 mph and he goes off outside row 1.
- Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron won the race last spring in Martinsville while Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell won the fall race.
- Team Penskes Ryan Blaney has never won in Martinsville, but he leads all active drivers with a 9.7 Average Finish Position (AFP) in 14 career Cup starts. Unfortunately he will be out from Sunday 31st.
- JGR’s Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers with 5 career cup wins in Martinsville while posting a 10.5 AFP with 2,190 laps completed.
- SHR’s Aric Almirola And Hunt Briscoe will start on row 2 behind her teammate Preece.
- TrackHouses Ross Chastain had a terrible time in qualifying and will come off 34th after a best speed of just 91.838mph.
- Hendricks Chase Eliot (leg) returns after a 6-week absence due to a broken leg, making his first start since racing at Auto Club Speedway on February 26th.
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Noco 400 – expert tip
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Native of Virginia DENNY HAMLIN (+900) is a solid bet. He leads all active drivers with 5 cup wins at the short circuit and has led 2,190 laps while posting a 10.5 AFP. Half of his Cup starts also finished 5th or better, while 23 of his 34 Cup starts were top 10 runs, accounting for approximately two-thirds (67.6%) of his all-time starts at the track.
Noco 400 – Total shot
I took DANIEL SUAREZ (+1800) on the dirt in Bristol last week and it didn’t come to fruition. But this week, too, the TrackHouse Racing driver is worth a shot again. He was solid in qualifying and will be second on the grid on Sunday.
Despite his favorable starting position, Suarez has long chances and with good reason. In 12 career cup starts, he’s only finished 10th or better twice, and he’s never led a round while posting a dismal 22.5 AFP. Too bad you couldn’t get that earlier in the week as Suarez opened at +5500.
Noco 400 prop picks
RYAN PREECE – TOP 5 FINISH (+180)
– Caesars sports betting odds.
Preece will start from pole and Stewart-Haas Racing have 3 riders on the front two rows this weekend so this team has the right setup for The Paperclip.
Always struggling at this track, Preece only managed 3 top 20 finishes in 7 career cup starts while posting a terrible 27.7 AFP with 2 DNFs. But this is his best machine yet and like Suarez above, Preece is worth a shot given his extremely favorable starting position and tremendous qualifying performance. Just tread carefully.
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