Note: The STP 500 has been postponed until Monday at 2 p.m. ET due to inclement weather.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the shortest track on its schedule this weekend for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. At a short, flat track such as Martinsville, close quarters often lead to beating and banging as cars battle for the all-important track position, which creates more variance than at most tracks.
However, because the track is so short, it’s not unusual to have green flag runs of 50+ laps. Thus, long run speed is a key stat at Martinsville. The track’s unique properties mean track history is a big factor in my machine learning statistical model as well. I’ll also use the RotoViz Driver Sim Scores to gauge race-winning upside.
Last weekend at Auto Club Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. won the race, but my picks to win finished a respectable second, third and fourth.
As always, make sure you shop around for the best price. Let’s dive into this week’s picks for Martinsville Speedway!