It’s the true test of a sports fan to consider the odds of an All-Star race.
The rules change; the field has motivation all over the map. It’s a race with literally no sporting consequences. But when the winner of the Sprint All-Star race gets $1 million and second place gets a firm handshake, the action is bound to be intense. The NASCAR odds for Saturday’s Sprint All-Star race further suggest a wild ride Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Before the odds make sense, NASCAR fans need to understand the race rules; they are totally different for a traditional Sprint Cup event.
- Seventeen drivers qualify.
- Two drivers qualify Saturday night winning the Sprint Showdown.
- One driver receives a fan vote.
- One the field is set, cars will run four 25-lap segments.
- After a mandatory stop where teams must change four tires, there is a final 10-lap Sprint for $1 million.
Easy enough? There are hundreds of variables that can impact which Sprint Cup driver becomes an All-Star race winner.
Kevin Harvick is 7/2. In past NASCAR odds columns, I’ve been critical of Harvick’s low odds based on past track performance. Not this week, or next for that matter. Harvick has three wins at Charlotte, a solid pit crew and one of racing’s best reputations in a 10-lap hustle at the end. It’s also a 1.5 mile track, and that means Chevy has a decided advantage.
Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch are also 6/1. Because it’s a 1.5 mile track, Johnson and Busch seem like the safest picks. Johnson has seven careers wins at Charlotte. Busch only has one, but the 1.5 mile track history coupled with Busch’s recent run makes him a legitimate contender Saturday night.
The NASCAR Drivers With Interesting Odds:
- Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. both have the Chevy 1.5 mile edge on their side and are 12/1.
- Kasey Kahne has four career wins at Charlotte, drives the same Hendrick car and is 20/1.
- Jamie McMurray has won this Sprint Cup All Star Race, always runs well at Charlotte Motor Speedway and sits at 25/1.
Here’s how your favorite driver stacks up with the NASCAR odds for Saturday night’s All Star Race. Good luck picking a winner, and insert a random catchphrase here.