Ahead of the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day Weekend, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series gathers in Charlotte for the running of the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This year’s event is slated for this Saturday night and it is set to get underway at 4 p.m. (PT). The race will be broadcast nationally on FOX Sports.
Heading into this Saturday’s non-point exhibition race, Jimmie Johnson was able to make his way to the Winner’s Circle in a Sprint Cup point race for the third time this season with a victory at Kansas this past Saturday. Kevin Harvick was once again near the top in second place and Dale Earnhardt Jr. followed-up his victory at Talladega with a third-place finish in that race.
The following is a look at a few of the top favorites to win this Saturday night’s All-Star Race along with my top value pick based on the betting odds compiled by Sportsbook Review.
Top Valued Favorite
When it comes to specialty races such as this, I have a tendency to bet on the hottest driver at the time so that is why I am going with Jimmie Johnson at +600 betting odds to win the 2015 Sprint All-Star Race. The No. 48 car has been on a roll lately with five-straight runs of third-place finishes or better in its last five races that started with a victory in Texas. Even the favorite Kevin Harvick at +350 odds is not that hot. Adding even more value to Johnson’s odds to win this race is the fact that he has finished first in this event four times during the course of his storied career including back-to-back All-Star Race titles in 2012 and 2013.
Top Valued Contender
Moving down Sportbook’s futures odds to win this race, I have settled in on Dale Earnhardt Jr. at +1200 betting odds as my top-valued contender for pretty much the same reason that I am going with Johnson as my favorite. Dale Jr. is coming off a successful run that includes three top-three finishes in his last five Sprint Cup races. The No. 88 car started this run with a third-place finish at Texas and after taking third in Kansas it is currently in fifth place in the latest Sprint Cup standings with a total of 360 points. The win in Talladega has also put this team firmly in place to qualify for this season’s Chase. Dale Jr. does have one career victory in the All-Star Race, but that was back in 2000.
Top Valued Longshot
The “best of the best” in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series are in this race so there is always some solid value to be found in drivers with longer odds. For this year’s race my top-valued longshot is Carl Edwards at +2000 betting odds. It has been a rough go of things for the No. 99 car this season with just one top-10 finish in the first 11 point races of the season, but in a specialty race such at this, I would not put all that much weight on current form. The main reason that I am attracted to Edwards’ longer odds for Saturday night is the fact that he won the All-Star Race in the 2011 season.
Betting Odds for other Notable Drivers
As mentioned above, Harvick is the favorite to win this race at +350, but along with Johnson at +600 is Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch at +600. Busch is the only other driver than Johnson at these odds to win an All-Star Race. The odds drop off from there with Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth joining Earnhardt at +1200. Kyle Busch makes his return to the track after an extended absence due to injury at +1500 odds to win this race.