The first of four scheduled trips to Virginia is on Sunday, March 24th Using All the 71st running of Their STP 500 at the Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia.
The Martinsville Speedway is the shortest track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The STP 500 is the first of two races with the second one being the First Data 500 at the NASCAR Playoffs.
Clint Bowyer won the race this past year and this year, another affluent field is set to go into the race with various drivers that can really win the event. Let’s take a look at who the oddsmakers believe are likely to be the drivers to watch this weekend.
“Racing” The Favorites
Kyle Busch is the betting favorite. After winning the Ticket Guardian 500 in Arizona last March 10th, Busch kept the speed with another victory at the Car Club 400 in California. With back to back wins in the last two weekends, no question Kyle Busch deserves to be the +162 favorite here. Busch has finished no lower than 6th place in six out of his last seven races entire and when it comes to the STP 500, he won here in 2016, finished runner-up from the previous two decades and has put at least 5th in each of his last seven appearances here in the Martinsville Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. place 8th last week at the Auto Club Speedway. The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR collection Cup winner has five Top 10 finishes in seven races this year including three in the Top 5. Heading for this weekend, Trues has finished no worse than fourth in his last three races in the Martinsville Speedway.
2017 winner Brad Keselowski has placed at least 6th in four out of his last six appearances at the STP 500. Keselowski also enjoys racing in the Martinsville Speedway as he has finished no lower than 5th in six from his last eight races .
Joey Logano finished next to Busch in California last weekend however while he came up short again, Logano has three Top 5 finishes already this year, including a win in the Pennzoil 400 last month at Las Vegas. It’s interesting that he’s won just once here in Martinsville Speedway but that success came in his final race , the First Data 500 past October 2018.
Denny Hamlin has not picked up a victory because his triumph at the Daytona 500 last year but he’s surely been consistent. Hamlin is a 6.8 finish in his first five races this season and is doing a good job holding his own at the Drivers Championship. Hamlin has won thrice, the last being in 2015, with only Richard Petty, Darren Waltrip, and Rusty Wallace winning over him. In addition, he holds two successes in the Martinsville Speedway while racing in the Camping Truck World Series.
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