The first of four scheduled Excursions to Virginia is on Sunday, March 24th Using All the 71st running of the STP 500 at the Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia.
The Martinsville Speedway is the shortest trail 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 in the NASCAR Playoffs.
Clint Bowyer won the race this past year and this season, another loaded field is set to go into the race with several drivers that can really win the event. Let’s take a peek at who the oddsmakers believe are going to function as drivers to observe this weekend.
“Racing” The Favorites
Kyle Busch is the betting favorite to win against the STP 500. After winning the Ticket Guardian 500 at Arizona last March 10th, Busch maintained the pace with another victory in the Car Club 400 at 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 spot in six out of his past seven races overall and when it concerns the STP 500, he won here in 2016, ended runner-up from the previous two decades and has placed at 5th in each of his last seven appearances here at the Martinsville Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. set 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 to 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 6th in four out of the last six appearances in the STP 500. Keselowski also loves racing at the Martinsville Speedway as he has completed no lower than 5th in six from the last eight races here.
Joey Logano ended alongside Busch at 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 in Las Vegas. It is interesting that he’s won only once here in Martinsville Speedway however that success came in his final race , the First Data 500 past October 2018.
Denny Hamlin hasn’t picked up a victory because his victory at the Daytona 500 last season but he’s surely been consistent. Hamlin is averaging a 6.8 finish in his first five races this year and is doing a good job holding his own in the Drivers Championship. Hamlin has won thrice, the last being in 2015, with just Richard Petty, Darren Waltrip, and Rusty Wallace winning over him. In addition, he holds two victories at the Martinsville Speedway while hurrying in the Camping Truck World Series.
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