This week NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series takes a break from the point race schedule for the running of its annual All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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Saturday night’s 90-lap event is set get underway at 6 p.m. (PT) and it will be broadcast nationally on the SPEED Network. Let's have a look at the favorites for our NASCAR picks.
The All-Star Race features any driver that has won a Sprint
Cup race either last year or in the first 11 races of this season. Two
additional drivers will qualify by finishing first or second in a 40-lap
qualifying race known as the Sprint Showdown, which is run right before the
start of this race. The following is a look as a few of the drivers favored to
claim the $1 million prize purse that goes with winning this race along with
our top value pick of the week according to odds provided by bet365.
In a short race with such a strong field of drivers the odds
to win remain tight, but Jimmie Johnson
still belongs at the top of this list. He has won this event three previous
times including last year’s event but the real value in his +500 odds to win is
current form. The No. 48 car currently leads the Sprint Cup standings with 423
points after posting two victories and four other top-five finishes in the
first 11 races. Johnson has only finished out of the top 10 three times this
Another favorite to win at +500 is Kyle Busch. He has cooled off a bit after taking two checkered
flags in the span of three point races earlier this year, but a strong showing
last week at Darlington with a sixth-place finish points towards a return to
that winning form. The No. 18 car is currently in eighth-place in the standings
with 325 points as a result of three other top-five finishes to go along with
the two wins. Busch has started from the pole position for the All-Star Race
the last two years with a second-place finish in 2011 and a fourth-place finish
in 2012 to add some solid value to these NASCAR odds.
The third-favorite to win on Saturday night comes in as the
hottest driver in the Sprint Cup series. Matt
Kenseth has already won three times this season including last week’s
victory in the Bojangles’ Southern 500. He has been opened at +600 to add this
title to the list. Despite getting docked points for an illegal engine part a
few weeks back, the No. 20 car is still in third place in the standings with
364 points. The only time that Kenseth won this race was in 2004, but he came
close last season by taking third.
spent a few weeks on the shelf after injuring his back in a wreck at Fontana,
but in his second race back from that injury he posted a second-place finish at
Darlington. It was his second top-five finish in seven races this season. He
has been opened at +750 to win this race. This will be his eighth career start
in an All-Star Race and while he has yet to win, the No.11 car has finished in
fourth place three separate times.
Top Value Pick
If you are looking for a quality driver with longer odds to
win this race then take a hard look at Carl
Edwards at +1200. After a very disappointing Sprint Cup campaign in 2012,
he has returned to form this year with a win at Phoenix to go along with four
other top-five finishes. The No. 99 car has raced its way to second-place in
the standings with 379 points. What really adds value to these odds is Edwards
past performance in this race. He finished 23rd last year, but won
the All-Star Race in 2011 in a year when he found himself in the hunt for the
Sprint Cup title heading into the final point race of the season at