The first of four scheduled trips 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 shortest trail 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 various drivers who can definitely win the occasion. Let’s take a peek at who the oddsmakers think are likely to be the drivers to watch this weekend.
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Kyle Busch is the betting favorite. After winning the Ticket Guardian 500 in Arizona last March 10th, Busch maintained the speed with another victory in the Auto 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 spot in six out of the past seven races entire and as soon as it comes to the STP 500, he won here in 2016, finished runner-up from the past two years and has put at least 5th in each of his last seven appearances here in the Martinsville Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. set 8th last week at the Automobile 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 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 his last six looks at the STP 500. Keselowski also enjoys racing in the Martinsville Speedway as he has finished no lower than 5th in six from the last eight races .
Joey Logano finished 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 at the Pennzoil 400 final month in Las Vegas. It is interesting he’s won only once here in Martinsville Speedway however that victory came in his final race , the First Data 500 past October 2018.
Denny Hamlin has not picked up a success since his victory in the Daytona 500 final season but he’s definitely been consistent. Hamlin is a 6.8 ending 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 more than him. In addition, he holds two successes in the Martinsville Speedway while racing in the Camping Truck World Series.