NASCAR Cup Series All Star Open Predictions and Best Bet

NASCAR Cup Series All Star Open Predictions and Best Bet
Clint Bowyer, driver of the #14 One Cure Ford. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP

Some special events are upcoming for NASCAR and we look to profit from them.

NASCAR Cup Series: All Star-Open

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET (FS1) at Bristol Motor Speedway

A Unique All-Star Day

Wednesday will be a special day for NASCAR fans in multiple respects. For starters, we get to bet on two different races: the All-Star Open, which is the subject of this article, and the All-Star Race. Moreover, the viewing experience will seem special because a large spectator crowd is expected. Between 20,000 and 30,000 fans are likely to fill the venue, which is easily more than we’ve seen in NASCAR or elsewhere since March.

Also worth noting is that the location is different. After its inception in Atlanta, the All-Star Race had always been run in Charlotte. However, a rise in COVID-19 cases in Charlotte generated concern. For the first time, this event will take place in Bristol.

Rule Change 

A new rule will be implemented that will make the All-Star races run a bit differently. This rule is called the “choose rule” and it is relevant for restarts.

Typically, meaning before Wednesday, restarts would be handled in the following way: the leader would pick the lane in which he wants to restart. Then, some of the drivers behind him would line up on the inside and the others on the outside.

This year, instead of just the driver picking a lane, each driver will pick a lane. This new rule allows more to be in the driver’s hands.

Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, Tennessee. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP

What Is the All-Star Open

The All-Star Open directly precedes the All-Star Race. Here’s how it works: the All-Star Open basically acts as a qualifier for the All-Star race. There will be three stages for the All-Star Open: both Stage 1 and Stage 2 require 35 laps each. Stage 3 requires 15 laps.

The winner of each stage plus the winner of the All-Star fan vote move on to compete in the All-Star race where drivers will compete for a million dollars.

The starting lineup will be determined in a way that we haven’t seen for prior races. First, the entry list will be split in two based on owner points. Positions 1-12 and positions 13-24 will then be determined by random draw.

Michael McDowell gets to start in pole position. Relevant for my pick today, Clint Bowyer starts in ninth.

Track Info

Bristol Motor Speedway is particularly popular, a fact that you may have guessed from its nickname, “theatre of speed”. The track is .533 miles long, which is conspicuously short, although it was lengthened by the extended banking. Its banking was at one point the steepest that NASCAR had to offer.

At 24-30 degrees, Bristol’s banking is still superbly steep on the turns. Both the front and backstretch are also banked. This degree of banking contributes to the higher speeds seen on the track.

Clint Bowyer. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP

Track History 

With my NASCAR Betting Picks, the driver who I want to invest in when top sportsbooks like BetOnline release their odds is Clint Bowyer. Of every driver, including those drivers who have already qualified for the All-Star Race, Bowyer has the best recent history at Bristol. He finished second in 2020 and top-10 in each of his previous four attempts at Bristol before the second-place one.

All five of his last excellent performances at Bristol came in 2017 or later, which is important to note because the track underwent some changes in 2016. His recent history should mean more because his competition in the All-Star Open will not include those drivers who have already qualified for the All-Star Race.

This means that, in this race, he won’t have to deal with the likes of Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, etc.

Best Bet: Clint Bowyer To Win (Odds TBA)