2019 STP 500 NASCAR 03/24/19 Odds, Preview and Predictions
The first of four scheduled Excursions 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 shortest track in the Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The STP 500 is the first of two races with the second 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 enter the race with various drivers that can definitely win the event. Let’s 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 kept the speed with another victory in the Car Club 400 in 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 overall and when it concerns the STP 500, he won here in 2016, ended runner-up from the previous two decades and has put at 5th in each of his last seven appearances here in the Martinsville Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. place 8th last week in the Automobile 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 for 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 finished no lower than 5th in six from his last eight races .
Joey Logano finished alongside Busch at California last weekend but 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 he’s won only once here in Martinsville Speedway however that victory came in his last race here, the First Data 500 past October 2018.
Denny Hamlin hasn’t picked up a success since his triumph at the Daytona 500 final season but he has surely been consistent. Hamlin is a 6.8 finish in his first five races this year and is doing a good job holding his own in the Drivers Championship. Hamlin has won here 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 in the Camping Truck World Series.