NASCAR’s Cup Series will spend the next two weeks in Charlotte preparing for the Coca-Cola 600 as part of the Memorial Day Weekend holiday. Last Saturday in Kansas, Brad Keselowski crossed the finish line first for the third time this season in a point race by winning the Digital-Ally 400. Alex Bowman took second and Erik Jones placed third.
The following is a look at three drivers with the best value on the board at 5Dimes online sportsbook when it comes to winning this season’s annual All-Star Race.
Favorite- Joey Logano +700
It would be easy to go with Kyle Busch as a +500 favorite or Kevin Harvick (+700) as the defending All-Star Race Champion, but Logano still offers the best betting value in my book. He is one of six drivers with a victory through the first 12 point-race events and he remains one of the most consistent drivers on a week-to-week basis. So much so, that his No. 22 Ford racing team has moved to the top of the current Cup Series standings with a total of 478 points. He has eight Top 10 finishes in 12 events, including six inside the top 5.
Along with Logano’s current form as the series reigning champ, there is solid value in his odds based on his recent performance in the All-Star Race. He has been right in the mix the past four seasons, including a victory at Charlotte in the 2016 season and a third-place finish in last year’s race.
Contender- Denny Hamlin +1200
Hamlin is always one of those veteran drivers that catches my attention at longer odds. His current form heading into Charlotte is not quite up to speed with three-straight finishes outside the top 10. However, he was another driver that was a model of consistency leading up to his current three-race slide with eight Top 10 runs in nine previous Cup Series events. He is also just one of four drivers with multiple victories this season after winning the Daytona 500 and the first race at Texas Motor Speedway. Hamlin is sixth in the current standings with 404 total points.
The highlights of his recent runs in this limited-length exhibition include a victory in 2015 and a fourth-place finish in last year’s All-Star Race. The longer odds can be attributed to a few poor performances in this race over the course of his career along with some recent struggles overall.
Longshot- Erik Jones +2000
Just like grizzled racing veterans catch my eye at longer betting odds, so do the young guns of NASCAR when they are racing well. Last Saturday night’s third-place finish at Kansas could set the plate for another strong race this Saturday night at Charlotte. Jones is holding down 14th place in the current standing with 308 total points and his No. 20 Toyota has made its way inside the Top 5 in three races this season. This includes a third-place finish at Daytona in just his third full-time season racing at NASCAR’s highest level.
Anything can happen in a race like this over a short length and limited field. Jones was right in the mix last season with a second-place finish behind Harvick in this race. His first effort in the All-Star Race in 2017 ended early in a wreck.