Note: The STP 500 has been postponed until Monday at 2 p.m. ET due to inclement weather. 

The Daytona 500 may be considered NASCAR’s “Super Bowl”, but I’ll take Martinsville Speedway over any other track on the circuit, including Daytona. Martinsville is short (only 0.526 miles compared to Daytona’s 2.5 miles) and flat, meaning cars are always on top each other. The racing is “old school”, with drivers constantly leaning on and bumping each other.


This leads to constant action, with plenty of bumper-to-bumper racing, passing and, of course, wrecks. If you’re someone who finds NASCAR boring, this is the track for you.

After analyzing practice results and breaking down the starting lineup, here are two driver matchups I’m betting for Monday’s STP 500.

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