The first of four scheduled trips to Virginia is on Sunday, March 24th Using the 71st running of Their STP 500 at the Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia.
The Martinsville Speedway is the trail 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 in 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 who can definitely win the event. Let us take a look at who the oddsmakers believe are going to function as drivers to observe this weekend.
“Racing” The Favorites
Kyle Busch is the favorite. After winning the Ticket Guardian 500 in Arizona last March 10th, Busch kept the speed with another success at the Car 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 the last seven races entire and when it concerns the STP 500, he won here in 2016, ended runner-up from the previous two decades and has put at least 5th in each of his last seven appearances here at the Martinsville Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. set 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 year including three in the Top 5. Heading for the 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 the last six appearances at the STP 500. Keselowski also loves racing in the Martinsville Speedway as he’s 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 at the Pennzoil 400 final month at Las Vegas. It’s interesting that he’s won only once here in Martinsville Speedway however that victory came in his final race here, 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 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. In addition, he holds two successes in the Martinsville Speedway while racing in the Camping Truck World Series.
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