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NASCAR Cup Series Bets: Cook Out 400 Odds, Picks & Predictions for Martinsville (2024)

After a solid showing at Richmond that saw us cash a 1.8-unit ticket on Tyler Reddick to score a top-10 but not much else, I want to get back to picking winners for this weekend’s race. The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Martinsville for the 2024 Cook Out 400 this Sunday. Let’s dive into the NASCAR Cup Series betting odds for Martinsville as we make our picks and predictions for the 2024 Cook Out 400.

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NASCAR Cup Series Bets: Cook Out 400 Odds, Picks & Predictions for Martinsville (2024)

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NASCAR Cup Series Bets: Cook Out 400 Odds & Race Preview

NASCAR Martinsville Odds

DriverOutright Odds
Denny Hamlin+500
Martin Truex Jr.+600
Ryan Blaney+650
Kyle Larson+700
Christopher Bell+800
Joey Logano+900
William Byron+1100
Ty Gibbs+1100
Chase Elliott+1100
Brad Keselowski+1700
Tyler Reddick+2200
Josh Berry+2200
Kyle Busch+2800
Chase Briscoe+2800
Alex Bowman+2800
Odds via DraftKings. For every driver’s Cook Out 400 odds at Martinsville, check out our odds post!

Cook Out 400 Race Preview

The Cook Out 400 at Martinsville Speedway marks the third event on a short, flat oval using the modified short-track package. While the comparator events at Phoenix and Richmond aren’t perfect for our purposes, a strong showing at one (or both) of the events is a good predictor of success at Martinsville.

In the last two seasons, the Martinsville winner had either won or led 100-plus laps at Richmond or Phoenix a few weeks early. In 2023, Kyle Larson won at Richmond and followed it up with a win at Martinsville, albeit a close one. In 2022, William Byron led 12 laps at Phoenix and 122 at Richmond before winning at Martinsville.

As a result, we’ll be looking for strong green-flag speed, laps led and results at Phoenix and Richmond when handicapping this event. If that’s the case, we need to turn our attention to the Toyota camp — the manufacturer is a +110 favorite to win this race at DraftKings, after all.

At Phoenix, the top-five drivers by laps led were all behind the wheel of Toyotas. At Richmond, three of the top-six drivers by laps led were behind the wheel of Toyotas. The winners of both races drove Toyotas, and the drivers who recorded the highest driver ratings in each event drove Toyotas. The drivers who recorded the fastest average green-flag speeds, were, you guessed it, driving Toyotas.

Unsurprisingly, many of the best Toyota drivers find themselves atop the odds board, with Denny Hamlin (+500), Christopher Bell (+800) and Martin Truex Jr. (+600) all clocking in at shorter than +1000. Ty Gibbs (+1100) isn’t far behind, but Bubba Wallace (+3000) and Tyler Reddick (+2200) are pretty far down.

Other solid performers at Phoenix and Richmond include Kyle Larson (+700), who led the second-most laps in both events, and Chris Buescher (+3000), who scored top-10s in both events, including a runner-up finish at Phoenix.

NASCAR Cup Series Bets: Cook Out 400 Picks & Predictions | Martinsville

Cook Out 400 Bet #1: Trust in Toyota | NASCAR Cup Series

You probably saw this coming, but we’re backing the Toyota camp to win a third straight race on a short, flat oval in the new short-track package. It makes plenty of sense: Martin Truex Jr. dominated last weekend, and even though he didn’t win, Denny Hamlin was right there to take it from him.

But the Toyota stable is very deep this year, especially when it comes to high-quality performances on these tracks. Joe Gibbs Racing boasts Hamlin, the winningest active full-time driver at this track with five victories; Truex, the second-winningest active full-time driver here with three; Christopher Bell, who won here in 2022 and has been dominant at New Hampshire, the only other paperclip-shaped track on the circuit; and Ty Gibbs, who dominated both Xfinity Series events here in 2022.

But it’s not just JGR that can win this race — the 23XI duo of Tyler Reddick and Bubba Wallace are threats as well. Reddick doesn’t have an impressive resume here, but he started up front and stayed there most of the day in last spring’s Martinsville race. Wallace has finished no worse than 11th in his last three starts at this track, and he qualified inside the top 10 both times last year.

Ultimately, I’m betting on Toyota as a manufacturer because of their deep roster (and because we’re getting it at +130 — way off the market price of +100 or +110 — at Hard Rock); Gibbs on the outright markets (because every book except FanDuel has dropped him from +1300 to +1100 or so); and Reddick on both the outright and top-10 markets (because he should never be longer than +100 to score one at a track like this one).

Cook Out 400 NASCAR Betting Prediction: Toyota Winning Manufacturer +130 at Hard Rock
Cook Out 400 NASCAR Betting Prediction: Ty Gibbs +1300 at FanDuel
Cook Out 400 NASCAR Betting Prediction: Tyler Reddick +2500 at Hard Rock & T10 +115 at FanDuel

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Cook Out 400 Bet #2: What Can Austin Cindric Do? | NASCAR Cup Series

It wouldn’t be a complete NASCAR Cup Series betting card without a bit of a longshot. While I’m not personally putting action on Cindric outright (yet), there’s an easy argument to make for doing so, and there’s a better argument to take him to score a top-10 result.

Cindric’s teammates at Team Penske, Joey Logano (+900) and Ryan Blaney (+650) are seen as the likeliest drivers to derail Toyota’s run of dominance on short, flat ovals. Both drivers have imrpessive resumes here, but, importantly, their advantage also stems from their strong equipment for tracks like this one.

Blaney and Logano both have scored T10s on short, flat ovals this year — Blaney got a P5 at Phoenix and Logano got a P2 at Richmond. Cindric crashed out at Phoenix and struggled at Richmond after qualifying well. Martinsville has been a better track for him than Richmond or Phoenix, however — he scored a P9 here last fall and a P11 in his Cup Series debut here.

A driver in Cindric’s equipment shouldn’t be trading at +900 (10%) just to score a top-10, especially at a track he accomplished the feat at last season and in five of 36 races (13.9%). Back him at this price and hope for a strong run in qualifying.

Cook Out 400 NASCAR Betting Prediction: Austin Cindric T10 +900 at DraftKings

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