No Points, but Pride & Money Are at Stake in NASCAR All-Star Race

David Schwab

Friday, May 19, 2017 1:34 PM UTC

Friday, May. 19, 2017 1:34 PM UTC

NASCAR rolled into Charlotte Motor Speedway this week for an extended stay through the Memorial Day Holiday, and this weekend’s top event is the annual All-Star Race. Saturday night’s $1 million exhibition race (8 ET) will be broadcast nationally on FOX Sports 1.

Martin Truex Jr.’s win last Saturday night at Kansas adds his name to the list along with Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson as the only three drivers with multiple point-race victories this season. Keselowski came close to winning again last week by taking second and Kevin Harvick ended up third. 

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 odds provided by 5Dimes.


Top Valued Favorite

There are a host of solid choices in the favored category for Saturday night’s main event at Charlotte, but I am going with possibly the hungriest driver in the group when it comes to actually winning. Kevin Harvick is a bit further down the list of favorites at +800 odds, and I really like his chances to pay off. The No. 4 Chevrolet is still waiting to make its first trip of the season to Victory Lane, and a win in this race could set the tone for an even bigger win next week in the Coca-Cola 600. Harvick’s recent track record in the All-Star Race includes second-place finishes in 2014 and 2015.


Top Valued Contender

Matt Kenseth is another veteran Cup Series driver who has been shut out so far, but his current slump has run a bit deeper with just two runs inside the top five that has the No. 20 Toyota racing team in 18th place in the current standings. The main reason that I am going with his +1500 betting odds as my top-valued contender in Saturday night’s All-Star Race is the high level of consistency he has shown in this event. You have to figure that Kenseth should be in the mix right to the checkered flag after placing inside the top 10 of this event nine times in the last 10 years.


Top Valued Long Shot

Long shots in an exhibition race such as this one can offer quite a bit of value, and my top play for Saturday night would be Kurt Busch at +2500 betting odds. He started the season with a bang by winning the Daytona 500 driving the No. 41 Ford, but things have not gone his way since with 10 straight finishes outside the top five. He did place sixth at Talladega a few weeks ago, which is a step in the right direction. The main value in his betting odds is Busch’s overall performance in this race. Going back to 2009, he has finished inside the top five in five of the last eight All-Star Races, including a victory in 2010 and a third-place run in 2015.


Odds For Other Notable Drivers

Truex Jr. tops this week’s list at 5Dimes as a +600 favorite to win the 2017 All-Star Race. The list of drivers at +700 odds to win includes Kyle Busch, Keselowski, Joey Logano and Kyle Larson. Johnson joins Harvick at +800 before the odds start to really fall off. Denny Hamlin’s odds to win match Kenseth’s at +1500, and both Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray are grouped with Busch as +2500 long shots to win. 

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