One of the toughest tracks on the circuit, the 0.526-mile short track of Martinsville Speedway has seen a few drivers tame it in recent years.
Check out five drivers who are among the favorites to win the STP 500 and five who are unlikely to win at the paperclip:
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Could win: Kyle Busch
Busch won this race last year and has finished top five in the past three Martinsville races. Joe Gibbs Racing is looking for its first win of the season and has a few drivers who can contend on Sunday.
Won’t win: Daniel Suarez
Winning as a rookie at Martinsville is extremely difficult. Suarez has proven to be a quick learner but after a crash in practice, don’t expect Sunday to be his first Cup Series win.
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Could win: Jimmie Johnson
Johnson definitely hasn’t shown the speed and performance we’ve come to expect from the seven-time champion but he has nine wins at Martinsville and is always a threat here.
Won’t win: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt has been very good at Martinsville during his career but he’s still wiping the dust off after missing half the season to a concussion. He might get his best finish of the season on Sunday but it’d be a shock to see him in Victory Lane.
Bowyer has looked the best of the SHR bunch in recent weeks. He was at the top of the charts during final practice and has a solid starting position after qualifying was rained out. Don’t be surprised to see Bowyer near the front most of the day.
Won’t win: Kevin Harvick
The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford has struggled since dominating at Atlanta before losing late. Harvick finished 20th and 17th last year at the paperclip and won his only race at Martinsville in 2011.
Could win: Denny Hamlin
Hamlin has thrived at Martinsville with five career wins at the short track. He nearly won the playoff race last year and will undoubtedly be in contention late.
Won’t win: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
While he’s been very good at Bristol, Stenhouse hasn’t had much success at Martinsville in his career. His best finish is 15th and he’s finished 32nd or worse in the last four races at the paperclip.
Could win: Joey Logano
Logano has started sixth or better in the last eight Martinsville races, including three straight poles. He might have made it four if qualifying wasn’t rained out on Friday. He hasn’t closed the deal yet but he’s figured out how to get around the 0.526-mile track.
Won’t win: Kyle Larson
Larson has called Martinsville one of his worst tracks and outside of a third-place finish here last year, he’s struggled to run near the front. He’s been the dominant driver in 2017 but back-to-back victories would be quite a surprise.