NASCAR 2015 Sprint Cup All Star Race Preview & Prediction

NASCAR 2015 Sprint Cup Futures

It is that time of year when NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series pays an extended visit the Charlotte Motor Speedway in advance of the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day Weekend. This Saturday kicks-off the two week festivities with the running of this season’s Sprint All-Star Race.

NASCAR Sprint Cup 2015 Sprint All-Star Race Betting Online

Race: All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date: Saturday, May 16                            
Time: 7 p.m. (ET)                              
Broadcast: FOX Sports
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This non-point event is set to get underway at 7 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on FOX Sports.

Jimmie Johnson comes into Charlotte white-hot with a victory at Kansas last Saturday night, which was his third of the year.

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Kevin Harvick posted yet another top-three finish in a Sprint Cup point race by taking third and Dale Earnhardt Jr. also remained hot by taking third.

The following is a look at my top favorite, contender and longshot to win this Saturday night’s All-Star Race based on odds provided by

The Favorite (odd of less than 10/1)

Given that the all-Star Race is a much shorter exhibition run than a normal point race event, I am sticking with the hottest driver on the track right now in Jimmie Johnson.

His betting odds to win the All-Star Race are set at +600 and given the fact that the No. 48 car has placed third or better in its last five Sprint Cup runs while claiming two checkered flags, I like his chances to win again this Saturday night.

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Adding even more value to these odds is Johnson’s four career victories in the event including back-to-back All-Star titles in 2012 and 2013.

The Contender (odds from 10/1 to 19/1)

Sticking with the hot driver theme when looking for the top contender for Saturday’s race, I am going with Dale Earnhardt Jr’s +1200 betting odds to win. He has been almost as hot as Johnson in the No. 88 car with three top-three finishes in a Sprint Cup race in his last five starts.

This run began with a third-place finish at Texas and just two weeks ago at Talladega this team made its first trip this season to Victory Lane.

The only downside to this pick is that Dale Jr.’s only previous victory in the All-Star Race was back in 2000.

The Longshot (odds 20/1 or greater)

All the Sprint Cup drivers eligible to run in this race have earned their way in through their performance on the track, so there is always some solid value to be found in the ones that have the longer odds to win. I have abandoned my theory of current form with this pick by going with Carl Edwards at +2000 as my top longshot.

The No. 99 car is off to a dismal start through the first 11 point races of the season with just one top-10 finish, but Edwards does know what it takes to win a race such as this. Other than Jamie McMurray’s victory last season, he is the only driver other than Johnson to win an All-Star Race since 2010.

*SPRINT Cup Odds provided by Bovada (Click Here now – Open A free Nascar betting account today!)

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By Dave Schwab

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