The first of four scheduled Excursions to Virginia is on Sunday, March 24th with the 71st running of Their STP 500 at the Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia.
The Martinsville Speedway is the shortest 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 last year and this year, 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 think are likely to be the drivers to observe this weekend.
“Racing” The Notifications
Kyle Busch is the favorite. After winning the Ticket Guardian 500 at Arizona last March 10th, Busch maintained the pace with another success in the Auto 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 from his last seven races overall and as soon as it concerns the STP 500, he won here in 2016, ended runner-up from the previous 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 Automobile Club Speedway. The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR collection Cup champion has five Top 10 finishes in seven races this season including three in the Top 5. Heading to 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 the last six appearances at 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 finished 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 last month at Las Vegas. It is interesting that he’s won only once here in Martinsville Speedway but that victory came in his final race , the First Data 500 last October 2018.
Denny Hamlin has not picked up a success since his triumph in the Daytona 500 last year but he has definitely been consistent. Hamlin is averaging a 6.8 ending in his first five races this year and is doing a fantastic job holding his own at the Drivers Championship. Hamlin has won here thrice, the last being in 2015, with just Richard Petty, Darren Waltrip, and Rusty Wallace winning over him. He also holds two victories at the Martinsville Speedway while hurrying in the Camping Truck World Series.
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