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The Sprint All-Star Race is insane, probably the toughest race to bet in the 2014 Sprint Cup Season.

Before trying to make sense of the odds, here’s a quick breakdown of the rules and how that will impact what fans see Saturday night.

Made For TV Rules:

This race is made to create fan buzz live in Charlotte and on TV. Normal race, pit and driving strategy gets thrown out the window:

  • There are 90 laps run in five segments.
  • There are four 20-lap segments.
  • If a driver wins a segment, he or she gets two start in the first two rows in the final 10-lap blitz.
  • The winner gets $1 million.
  • Second place gets a pat on the back.

There are so many variables, like a mandatory pit stop and a halftime of sorts during the race, that it makes predicting a winner next to impossible. There are some trends worth considering.

Jimmie Jams:

Charlotte Motor Speedway used to be Lowe’s Motor Speedway. It’s fitting that Jimmie Johnson has had amazing success at the track and this race. The #48 has four All-Star race wins, including back to back wins over the last two years. It’s no surprise he’s a 5/1 favorite along with Kevin Harvick, who also has wins at Charlotte.

Kasey Comeback: 

Kasey Kahne is clinging to a Chase spot, and that’s the best position he has seen this 2014 Sprint Cup season. As much as Kahne has struggled, Charlotte Motor Speedway might be the best spot to springboard his 2014 season. Among active drivers, only Joey Logano has a higher average finish. Kahne has four wins and only eight starts where he has finished worse that 10th.  It shouldn’t be a surprise Kahne is 10/1.

Crashing The Party:

If Hendrick doesn’t win, Logano and Carl Edwards could be contenders. Both are among the top five in terms of average finishing position.  Logano does well at big tracks. Edwards has won an All-Star race before. Both have attractive odds.

Here’s how your favorite driver stacks up. Enjoy the chaos, and insert a random catchphrase here.