The first of four scheduled trips 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 track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The STP 500 is the first of two races with the next one being the First Data 500 at the NASCAR Playoffs.
Clint Bowyer won the race this past year and this season, another loaded field is set to enter the race with several drivers that can really win the event. Let us take a look at who the oddsmakers believe are likely to be the drivers to observe this weekend.
“Racing” The Favorites
Kyle Busch is the favorite. After winning the Ticket Guardian 500 at Arizona last March 10th, Busch kept the pace with another success in the Auto Club 400 at California. With back to back wins at the last 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 as soon as it comes to the STP 500, he won here in 2016, ended runner-up from the past two years and has placed at least 5th in each of his last seven appearances here in the Martinsville Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. set 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 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 placed at 6th in four out of his last six appearances at the STP 500. Keselowski also enjoys racing at the Martinsville Speedway as he has finished no lower than 5th in six from the last eight races here.
Joey Logano ended next to Busch in California last weekend however 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 that he’s won just once here in Martinsville Speedway however that success came in his final race , the First Data 500 last October 2018.
Denny Hamlin has not picked up a success since his victory in the Daytona 500 final season but he has surely been consistent. Hamlin is averaging a 6.8 finish in his first five races this season and is doing a fantastic 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 victories at the Martinsville Speedway while racing in the Camping Truck World Series.