Another week, another winner, as we handed out Kyle Larson at 8:1 odds and he cashed, making us pretty profitable in NASCAR picks dating back to last season. But as we do at Sports Chat Place, we never settle, and this week we head to Virginia for the 2017 STP 500. This event debuted in 1950 and has produced 16 multiple winners with Richard Petty leading the way with nine victories.
You know the deal by now.
Here are five drivers to consider putting on your card this week. (Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.)
Joey Logano - Despite not earning a victory this season, you can argue no driver has been as consistent as Joey Logano, as he’s finished sixth or better in four of the first five races. Logano also finished 11th and ninth in the two races last season at the Martinsville Speedway. We’ve seen a different driver win each race this season, it might as well be Logano’s turn given his current form.
Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch won the STP 500 last season and has finished no worse than fifth in each of his last three appearances at the Martinsville Speedway. It doesn’t get much better than that, folks. Also, Busch’s time last season of 3:17 was the fastest finish in this event since Rusty Wallace won it in 1996. Busch also enters this week in decent form after putting together back-to-back top-10 finishes. Overall, his history here makes Busch a strong play.
Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson has been cold to start the 2017 season, but he returns to a track where he’s had a ton of success. Johnson won the last race at the Martinsville Speedway and has finished top-10 in seven of his last 11 appearances overall. In fact, Johnson is one of eight drivers to win the STP 500 at least three times. A victory here and Johnson joins only Petty, Darrell Waltrip and Rusty Wallace to win this event at least four times. This is an event that can certainly get Johnson back on track.
Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski has finished no worse than fifth in each of his last four races and of course has the victory in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. As if that wasn’t enough to put Keselowski on your card, he’s produced top-10 finishes in seven of his last 10 appearances at the Martinsville Speedway. That includes a runner-up spot in last years Goody's Fast Relief 500. Keselowski may be the favorite entering this race this week if I was setting the lines.
Kyle Larson - No driver has yet to win a race twice this season, but Kyle Larson could easily be entering this week with four straight victories under his belt. Of course, Larson has finished no worse than runner-up in his last four events and is fresh off a victory in California. Until Larson looks human, you have to put him on your card based off this insane stretch. And for his history on this track, Larson did finish third in last years STP 500 and has two other top-20 finishes at the Martinsville Speedway. Regardless of the odds, Larson is a solid threat to win anytime he takes the track at this point.