STP 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/3/16
STP 500: Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Martinsville Speedway)
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After a bye week, we’re back with the Nascar season, as this weekend we’re in Virginia with the STP 500. Remember, there have been five Nascar Sprint Cup races so far, and we’ve predicted the winner in four of those races.
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Here are some of the drivers you should consider throwing onto your card this week.
Denny Hamlin - Denny Hamlin, who grew up in Virginia, always loves going back home to race. Hamlin won this race last year and has finished in the top-10 in four of his last five races at the Martinsville Speedway. In fact, Hamlin has finished no worse than eighth in his last three races on this track. We made serious money with Hamlin during the Daytona 500, and we’re going to ride him again this week as a strong pick to win his second race this season.
Joey Logano - Take away Joey Logano’s wreck at the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, and he’s finished in the top-five three straight times at the Martinsville Speedway. Logano was also runner-up on this track back in 2010. Logano is constantly in the running to win in virginia, and that should be no different here considering he’s coming off a couple of strong races in Las Vegas and California. Logano has a great chance to get his first win of the young season.
Kyle Busch - You have to assume that it’s only a matter of time before Kyle Busch gets his first victory of the season. After all, Busch has finished in the top-five in eight of his last nine races. Last year, Busch finished fifth in his only race on this track, and he’s finished 11th or better in four of his last six races at the Martinsville Speedway. Maybe the week off will help Busch finish the job at one of these tracks. Regardless, you want to have Busch on your card when he hits victory lane, which isn’t that long away.
Jamie McMurray - If you’re looking for a real long shot this week, Jamie McMurray may be your guy. Last year, McMurray was the runner-up at the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 and finished 10th at the STP 500. McMurray has finished in the top-10 in four of his last six races at the Martinsville Speedway. Although McMurray hasn’t won a Sprint Cup race since 2013, he clearly likes Virginia. I’ll take a shot on the 39-year-old with what I’m assuming will be big odds.
AJ Allmendinger - AJ Allmendinger is another solid sleeper this week after finishing 11th or better in three of his last four races at the Martinsville Speedway. Allmendinger is also coming off a strong race in California after finishing eighth at the Auto Club 400. Given his current form on his last race and his recent history on this track, Allmendinger is worth a look to win his first Sprint Cup race since 2014.