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 track in the Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The STP 500 is the first of two races with the next one being the First Data 500 in the NASCAR Playoffs.
Clint Bowyer won the race last 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 speed with another success at 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 out of his last seven races overall and when it comes to the STP 500, he won here in 2016, ended runner-up in the past two decades and has put 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 Dragon 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 at the Martinsville Speedway.
2017 winner Brad Keselowski has put at least 6th in four out of the last six appearances in the STP 500. Keselowski also loves racing in the Martinsville Speedway as he has finished no lower than 5th in six out of the last eight races here.
Joey Logano ended alongside Busch in California last weekend but while he came up short again, Logano has three Top 5 finishes already this season, including a win at the Pennzoil 400 last 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 hasn’t picked up a success since his triumph in the Daytona 500 final year but he has surely been consistent. Hamlin is a 6.8 finish in his first five races this year and is doing a fantastic 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 successes in the Martinsville Speedway while racing at the Camping Truck World Series.
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