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2019 STP 500 NASCAR 03/24/19 Odds, Preview and Predictions

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 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 at the NASCAR Playoffs.

Clint Bowyer won the race this past year and this season, another loaded field is set to enter the race with several drivers that can really win the occasion. Let's take a look at who the oddsmakers believe are likely to be the drivers to watch this weekend.

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Kyle Busch is the favorite to win the STP 500. After winning the Ticket Guardian 500 at Arizona last March 10th, Busch kept the pace with another victory at the Auto Club 400 in California. With back to back wins at the last two weekends, no question Kyle Busch deserves to be the +162 favorite here. Busch has finished no lower than 6th spot in six out of his past 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 in the Martinsville Speedway.

Martin Truex Jr. place 8th last week at the Auto 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 for the weekend, Trues has finished no worse than fourth in his last three races in the Martinsville Speedway.

2017 winner Brad Keselowski has put at 6th in four out of his last six appearances in the STP 500. Keselowski also loves racing at the Martinsville Speedway as he's completed no lower than 5th in six from the last eight races .

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

Denny Hamlin hasn't picked up a success because his triumph in the Daytona 500 last year but he has surely been consistent. Hamlin is averaging a 6.8 finish in his first five races this season 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. In addition, he holds two victories at the Martinsville Speedway while hurrying at the Camping Truck World Series.

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