The first of four scheduled Excursions to Virginia is on Sunday, March 24th with All the 71st running of Their STP 500 at the Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia.
The Martinsville Speedway is the trail in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The STP 500 is the first of two races here with the next one being the 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 various drivers that can definitely win the occasion. Let’s take a look at who the oddsmakers believe are going to be the drivers to watch this weekend.
“Racing” The Favorites
Kyle Busch is the betting favorite to win the STP 500. After winning the Ticket Guardian 500 in Arizona last March 10th, Busch maintained the speed with another success at the Car Club 400 in California. With back to back wins at the previous two weekends, no question 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 concerns the STP 500, he won here in 2016, finished runner-up in the previous two years and has placed at 5th in each of his last seven appearances here at the Martinsville Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. place 8th last week in the Auto Club Speedway. The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Series 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 in the STP 500. Keselowski also loves racing in the Martinsville Speedway as he has completed no lower than 5th in six out of his last eight races here.
Joey Logano ended alongside Busch at California last weekend but while he came up short again, Logano has three Top 5 finishes already this season, including a win in the Pennzoil 400 final month in Las Vegas. It is interesting he’s won just once here in Martinsville Speedway however that victory came in his last race , the First Data 500 past October 2018.
Denny Hamlin hasn’t picked up a victory since his victory at the Daytona 500 last year but he’s 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 in the Drivers Championship. Hamlin has won here 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 hurrying in the Camping Truck World Series.
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