The first of four scheduled Excursions 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 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 several drivers that can definitely win the occasion. Let us take a look at who the oddsmakers believe are going to be the drivers to observe this weekend.
“Racing” The Notifications
Kyle Busch is the favorite. After winning the Ticket Guardian 500 at Arizona last March 10th, Busch kept the speed with another victory in the Car Club 400 in California. With back to back wins at the previous two weekends, no wonder Kyle Busch deserves to be the +162 favorite here. Busch has finished no lower than 6th spot in six from the last seven races overall and when it comes to the STP 500, he won here in 2016, ended runner-up from the previous two years and has placed at least 5th in each of his last seven appearances here at the Martinsville Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. set 8th last week at the Auto Club Speedway. The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Series Cup champion has five Top 10 finishes in seven races this season including three in the Top 5. Heading for the weekend, Trues has finished no worse than fourth in his last three races in the Martinsville Speedway.
2017 winner Brad Keselowski has put at least 6th in four out of his last six looks at the STP 500. Keselowski also loves racing in the Martinsville Speedway as he’s completed no lower than 5th in six from the last eight races here.
Joey Logano ended 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 at the Pennzoil 400 final month at Las Vegas. It is interesting that he’s won just once here in Martinsville Speedway but that victory came in his final race , the First Data 500 past October 2018.
Denny Hamlin has not picked up a victory since his victory in the Daytona 500 final season but he has surely been consistent. Hamlin is a 6.8 finish in his first five races this year 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 more than him. He also holds two victories at the Martinsville Speedway while hurrying at the Camping Truck World Series.
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