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 trail in the Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The STP 500 is the first of two races with the second one being the very first Data 500 in 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 that can really win the occasion. Let us take a look at who the oddsmakers believe are likely to function as drivers to watch this weekend.

“Racing” The Favorites

Kyle Busch is the betting favorite to win against the STP 500. After winning the Ticket Guardian 500 in Arizona last March 10th, Busch maintained the pace with another success at the Auto Club 400 at 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 spot in six from the last seven races entire and as soon as it comes to the STP 500, he won here in 2016, ended runner-up from the past two years and has put at 5th in each of his last seven appearances here at the Martinsville Speedway.

Martin Truex Jr. place 8th a week at the Auto Club Speedway. The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR collection Cup winner has five Top 10 finishes in seven races this season 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 the last six appearances in the STP 500. Keselowski also enjoys racing at the Martinsville Speedway as he has finished no lower than 5th in six from the last eight races here.

Joey Logano finished alongside Busch in California last weekend however while he came up short again, Logano has three Top 5 finishes already this year, 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 success came in his final race , the First Data 500 past October 2018.

Denny Hamlin has not picked up a success because his triumph in the Daytona 500 final season 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 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 victories at the Martinsville Speedway while racing in the Camping Truck World Series.

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