NASCAR’s Top Cup Series Drivers Take Aim at Winning This Season’s All-Star Race

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 2:44 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 15, 2019 2:44 PM UTC

As part of two weeks of festivities at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Saturday night’s featured event is the 2019 All-Star Race starting at 8 p.m. on FOX Sports 1.
<p><a href="" target="_blank">NASCAR’s Cup Series</a> 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.</p><p>The following is a look at three drivers with the best value on the board at <a href=";book=5dimes" target="_blank">5Dimes</a> online sportsbook when it comes to winning this season’s annual All-Star Race.</p><p> </p><p><span style="color:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-size:1.2em;font-weight:700">Favorite- Joey Logano +700</span><br /><br />It would be easy to go with <a href="" target="_blank">Kyle Busch</a> as a +500 favorite or <a href="" target="_blank">Kevin Harvick</a> (+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.</p><p>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 <a href="" target="_blank">All-Star Race</a>. 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.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;NEW &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@NASCAR&lt;/a&gt; Points Leader! TeamJL &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Joey Logano (@joeylogano) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;May 14, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</div><div><h2>Contender- Denny Hamlin +1200</h2><p><br />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 <a href="" target="_blank">Daytona 500</a> and the first race at <a href="" target="_blank">Texas Motor Speedway</a>. Hamlin is sixth in the current standings with 404 total points.</p><p>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 <a href="" target="_blank">All-Star Race</a>. 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.</p><p> </p><h2>Longshot- Erik Jones +2000<br /> </h2><p>Just like grizzled racing veterans catch my eye at longer betting odds, so do the young guns of <a href="" target="_blank">NASCAR</a> 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 14<sup>th</sup> 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 <a href="" target="_blank">Daytona</a> in just his third full-time season racing at NASCAR’s highest level.</p><p>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 <a href="" target="_blank">Harvick</a> in this race. His first effort in the All-Star Race in 2017 ended early in a wreck.</p><p> </p></div>
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