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 here with the next one being the First Data 500 at the NASCAR Playoffs.
Clint Bowyer won the race this past year and this year, another affluent field is set to enter the race with various drivers who can really win the occasion. Let us take a look at who the oddsmakers believe are going 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 speed with another success at the Auto Club 400 in California. With back to back wins in the last two weekends, no wonder Kyle Busch deserves to be the +162 favorite here. Busch has finished no lower than 6th place in six out of his past seven races entire and when it comes to the STP 500, he won here in 2016, finished runner-up from 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. set 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 season including three in the Top 5. Heading to this weekend, Trues has finished no worse than fourth in his last three races at the Martinsville Speedway.
2017 winner Brad Keselowski has put at 6th in four out of his last six appearances at the STP 500. Keselowski also loves racing in the Martinsville Speedway as he’s completed no lower than 5th in six from his last eight races here.
Joey Logano ended next to Busch in California last weekend but while he came up short again, Logano has three Top 5 finishes already this season, including a win in the Pennzoil 400 final month at Las Vegas. It is interesting he’s won just once here in Martinsville Speedway but that victory came in his last race here, the First Data 500 past October 2018.
Denny Hamlin hasn’t picked up a victory because his victory at the Daytona 500 last year but he’s surely been consistent. Hamlin is 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 only Richard Petty, Darren Waltrip, and Rusty Wallace winning over him. In addition, he holds two victories at the Martinsville Speedway while racing at the Camping Truck World Series.
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