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 Monster 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 season, another loaded field is set to enter the race with several drivers that can really win the event. Let’s take a look at who the oddsmakers believe are likely to function as drivers to watch this weekend.
“Racing” The Notifications
Kyle Busch is the favorite to win against the STP 500. After winning the Ticket Guardian 500 in Arizona last March 10th, Busch maintained the pace with another victory 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 place in six from the last seven races overall and as soon as it concerns the STP 500, he won here in 2016, ended runner-up from the past two decades and has put at 5th in each of his last seven appearances here in the Martinsville Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. place 8th last week at the Automobile 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 this weekend, Trues has finished no worse than fourth in his last three races at the Martinsville Speedway.
2017 winner Brad Keselowski has placed at least 6th in four out of his last six appearances at 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 .
Joey Logano ended alongside 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’s interesting that he’s won just once here in Martinsville Speedway but that victory came in his last race here, the First Data 500 last October 2018.
Denny Hamlin hasn’t picked up a success since his triumph at the Daytona 500 final year but he’s definitely been consistent. Hamlin is averaging 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 victories at the Martinsville Speedway while racing in the Camping Truck World Series.
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