The first of four scheduled Excursions to Virginia is on Sunday, March 24th Using All the 71st running of Their STP 500 at the Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia.
The Martinsville Speedway is the shortest trail in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The STP 500 is the first of two races with the next one being the very first Data 500 at the NASCAR Playoffs.
Clint Bowyer won the race last year and this year, another affluent field is set to go into the race with several drivers that can really win the occasion. Let us take a look at who the oddsmakers think are likely to function as drivers to watch this weekend.
“Racing” The Favorites
Kyle Busch is the betting 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 in 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 his past seven races overall and as soon as it concerns the STP 500, he won here in 2016, finished runner-up from the past two decades and has placed at least 5th in each of his last seven appearances here at the Martinsville Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. place 8th a week in the Automobile Club Speedway. The 2017 Dragon Energy NASCAR collection Cup champion has five Top 10 finishes in seven races this season including three in the Top 5. Heading to this weekend, Trues has finished no worse than fourth in his last three races at the Martinsville Speedway.
2017 winner Brad Keselowski has put at 6th in four out of the last six looks in the STP 500. Keselowski also enjoys racing in the Martinsville Speedway as he’s finished no lower than 5th in six from the last eight races .
Joey Logano ended next to Busch in California last weekend but while he came up short again, Logano has three Top 5 finishes already this year, including a win in the Pennzoil 400 final month in Las Vegas. It’s interesting that he’s won only once here in Martinsville Speedway however that victory came in his final race , the First Data 500 last October 2018.
Denny Hamlin has not picked up a success because his triumph in the Daytona 500 final season but he’s definitely 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 more than him. He also holds two victories at the Martinsville Speedway while racing at the Camping Truck World Series.