Short track king Jimmie Johnson favored to win STP 500 Sunday on FOX Sports 1

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

By  Adam Markowitz

We might only be five races into the season, but it hasn't been the start to the year that Jimmie Johnson would have wanted. Still, he's the easy +350 favorite at a track he’s historically dominated at, Martinsville Motor Speedway for Sunday's STP 500.

Jimmie Johnson +350
Kevin Harvick +450
Jeff Gordon +500
Denny Hamlin +600
Brad Keselowski +1000
Joey Logano +1100
Dale Earnhardt Jr. +1000
Kurt Busch +1200
Matt Kenseth +1800
Clint Bowyer +1800
Ryan Newman +2800
Carl Edwards +2500
Kasey Kahne +2500
Jamie McMurray +3500
Martin Truex Jr. +3500
Tony Stewart +4000
Kyle Larson +4500
Field (Any Other Driver) +1500

Johnson has dominated at this track, and even though he hasn't been great this year, there's no reason to think that he and his No. 48 team can't figure out how to get to Victory Lane once again on the short track.

Johnson has eight career races in Martinsville. It should be noted that six of the eight wins have been in the latter race of the year in Virginia, but eight wins at one track over the course of a career is impressive nonetheless.

The reason that Kevin Harvick is the second favorite is simply due to the fact that he has been the best driver on the circuit this year. In his five races, Harvick hasn't finished any worse than second, the best start any driver has arguably had in the history of NASCAR.

He has a win and three Top 5s to his name in 23 races here at Martinsville, the victory coming back in the 2011 STP 500, so the history isn't all that great on this track. However, with the way that Harvick is racing right now, do you really want to bet against him?

Kurt Busch is one of the more controversial figures in the sport, and his name was tarnished even more by his domestic violence accusation prior to the start of this season.

However, what is undeniable about Busch is that he can flat out race. He’s only started two races this year after being suspended for the first three, and has posted third and fifth place finishes for his No. 41 with Stewart-Haas Racing.

Busch has had his problems at this track. Including in the later race last year when he got into an on-track conflict with his teammate, Brad Keselowski. He did however win his first and only race of the year last season here at the STP 500.

Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon are the only other men running in this race who’ve won it before, and when you're talking about Stewart and Gordon, you have to go all the way back to 2006 and 2005 respectively to find their victories.

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