Betting Preview of the 2021 NASCAR Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 With Prediction and Pick

| April 9, 2021 9:42 am PDT

I’ll be looking at the best odds for the 2021 Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 today, and zoning in on the top candidates for the race.

Drivers will not be complaining about the chance for a little respite over the Easter break. But betting on the Cup Series will be back en vogue with the eight-race, at Martinsville Speedway, set for April 11. 

If you’re keen to make money wagering on the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500, I have some NASCAR betting tips for the race below. I will be looking at the best candidates for Martinsville, based on their current form, previous track records, and, of course, their momentum ahead of the showdown at “The Half Mile of Mayhem.”

So, let’s start off with the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 odds before we go any further.

Best Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Odds

2021 NASCAR Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Odds
Driver Odds
Martin Truex Jr. +500
Chase Elliott +600
Brad Keselowski +600
Denny Hamlin +700
Joey Logano +700
Ryan Blaney +800
Kyle Busch +1200
Kyle Larson +1200
Kevin Harvick +1400
William Byron +2000
Alex Bowman +2500
Christopher Bell +3000
Kurt Busch +3000
Matt DiBenedetto +6600
Tyler Reddick +6600
Aric Almirola +8000
Austin Dillon +8000
Ryan Newman +8000
Bubba Wallace +8000
Chase Briscoe +10000
Cole Custer +10000
Erik Jones +10000
Daniel Suarez +10000
Chris Buescher +12500
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +15000
Ryan Preece +20000
Ross Chastain +25000
Michael McDowell +25000
Corey LaJoie +75000
Anthony Alfredo +75000
Quin Houff +150000
Josh Bilicki +150000
Cody Ware +150000


These are the best odds for the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 that I have found. But feel free to head on over to our top-rated NASCAR betting sites to see if you can find better. 

As always, these odds are subject to change, so keep an eye on any movement of the Cup Series odds for Martinsville as we draw closer to the race.

Unsurprisingly, the favorites for the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 are usually those who have typically fared well on the paperclip over the past few years or have been in steady form ahead of the race.

We have last year’s winner, Martin Truex Jr., leading the bookies’ list of the hottest candidates for the race. Behind him is the defending Cup Series champ Chase Elliott, the winner of both the 2017 and 2019 editions, Brad Keselowski, three-time race winner Denny Hamlin, and 2021 Food City Dirt Race winner, Joey Logano.

Top Candidates for the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

  • Where: Martinsville Speedway, Virginia
  • When: Sunday, April 11

So, who will win the 2021 Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500?

Look, it’s clear that the most popular betting picks for Martinsville will be found in the top five drivers. But that doesn’t mean that you have to settle on bets for the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 that don’t represent good value.

With that said, it does pay to know what to look for ahead of the race on April 11. Before you discount any NASCAR predictions for Martinsville, it’s best to know who takes the form into the race.

Here are three candidates you should not ignore in this event.

Martin Truex Jr. +500
Brad Keselowski +600
Joey Logano +700

Going by my predictions for the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 in 2021, three drivers should all finish in the top-10.

Keselowski, especially, is decent value at +600. Given that he has an average finish of 4.33, including one win and five top-5s from his last six races here, you would be foolish not to count him among your top picks for Martinsville.

On that note, let’s take a look at some other trends before I reveal my Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 betting pick.

Key Betting Trends

In order to have success winning real money on this sport, you need to understand the trends and data of each event.

As you know, gambling on Cup Series events requires knowledge of track history. Some drivers are better suited to some tracks, and Martinsville — the shortest track on the roster at just over a half-mile — tends to get the best out of a select few.

Before we look at my predictions and betting pick for the 2021 Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500, here are the recent trends you need to know about.

  • Last Year’s Winning Driver: Martin Truex Jr.
  • Last Year’s Winning Team and Manufacturer: Joe Gibbs Racing/Toyota
  • Most Successful Active Driver in This Race: Denny Hamlin (3 Wins)
  • Most Wins – Active Teams: Hendrick Motorsports (8), Team Penske (7),Joe Gibbs Racing (7)
  • Most Successful Active Manufacturers: Chevrolet (26), Ford (14)

My Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Pick

  • Denny Hamlin

I’m picking Hamlin to win at Martinsville on Sunday, April 11, and make it Joe Gibbs’ first two-in-a-row at the paperclip since he won in 2015 and Kyle Busch came through in 2016.

Since 2011, no manufacturer has won the race without following it up with another. Over the past ten years, the winning order of the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 has read:

  • Chevrolet (x4)
  • Toyota (x2)
  • Ford (x3)
  • Toyota

That’s a good omen for Hamlin, who sits atop the official NASCAR Cup Series leaderboard, despite still waiting for his first win of the campaign.

I like Hamlin’s odds to win in Martinsville and am predicting that he wins the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 following a tense following stage battle with Brad Keselowski.

More Advice for Betting on the NASCAR Cup Series

That’s just about everything for gambling on the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500. 

Denny Hamlin is my pick for Martinsville, but I expect to see a competitive run from a handful of drivers in Virginia on April 11. There is always the chance that a driver can go under the radar in events on The Mile of Mayhem, so I would advise checking out my sleeper picks for the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 to add a little more balance to your bets.

As for betting on the Cup Series, in general, check out some of the following material. This valuable content will up your NASCAR betting game, even beyond the Cup Series, and help you lock in on the best bets in the future.

Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

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