The first of four scheduled trips to Virginia is on Sunday, March 24th Using the 71st running of Their STP 500 at the Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia.
The Martinsville Speedway is the shortest track in the Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The STP 500 is the first of two races here with the next one being the very first Data 500 at the NASCAR Playoffs.
Clint Bowyer won the race this past year and this season, another loaded field is set to enter the race with several drivers that can really win the event. Let’s take a peek at who the oddsmakers think are going to function as drivers to watch this weekend.
“Racing” The Favorites
Kyle Busch is the favorite. After winning the Ticket Guardian 500 at Arizona last March 10th, Busch kept the pace with another success at the Auto Club 400 in California. With back to back wins in the last two weekends, no wonder Kyle Busch deserves to be the +162 favorite here. Busch has finished no lower than 6th place in six from his past seven races overall and as soon as it comes to the STP 500, he won here in 2016, finished runner-up from the past two decades and has placed at 5th in each of his last seven appearances here at the Martinsville Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. place 8th a week at the Auto Club Speedway. The 2017 Dragon Energy NASCAR Series Cup winner has five Top 10 finishes in seven races this season 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 put at 6th in four out of the last six looks at the STP 500. Keselowski also enjoys racing at the Martinsville Speedway as he’s finished no lower than 5th in six from the last eight races here.
Joey Logano finished next to Busch in California last weekend but while he came up short again, Logano has three Top 5 finishes already this year, including a win in the Pennzoil 400 last month in Las Vegas. It’s interesting that he’s won just once here in Martinsville Speedway however that success came in his final race here, the First Data 500 last October 2018.
Denny Hamlin hasn’t picked up a victory since his triumph at the Daytona 500 final season but he has definitely been consistent. Hamlin is a 6.8 ending in his first five races this season and is doing a good job holding his own at the Drivers Championship. Hamlin has won here thrice, the last being in 2015, with just Richard Petty, Darren Waltrip, and Rusty Wallace winning more than him. He also holds two victories at the Martinsville Speedway while hurrying in the Camping Truck World Series.
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