The first of four scheduled Excursions to Virginia is on Sunday, March 24th Using the 71st running of the 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 second one being the very first Data 500 at the NASCAR Playoffs.
Clint Bowyer won the race this past year and this season, another affluent field is set to go into the race with various drivers that can definitely win the event. Let’s take a peek at who the oddsmakers believe are going to function as drivers to watch this weekend.
“Racing” The Notifications
Kyle Busch is the betting favorite to win the STP 500. After winning the Ticket Guardian 500 at Arizona last March 10th, Busch kept the pace with another victory in the Auto Club 400 at California. With back to back wins at the previous two weekends, no question Kyle Busch deserves to be the +162 favorite here. Busch has finished no lower than 6th place in six from the last seven races entire and as soon as it comes to the STP 500, he won here in 2016, finished runner-up in the past two years and has put at least 5th in each of his last seven appearances here at the Martinsville Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. place 8th last week in the Auto Club Speedway. The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Series 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 looks at the STP 500. Keselowski also enjoys racing at the Martinsville Speedway as he has finished no lower than 5th in six out of his last eight races here.
Joey Logano ended 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 last month in Las Vegas. It’s interesting that he’s won only 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 victory since his triumph in the Daytona 500 last year but he’s definitely been consistent. Hamlin is averaging a 6.8 finish in his first five races this season and is doing a good job holding his own at 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.