2019 NASCAR All-Star Race Odds, Preview & Expert Pick

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 17, 2019 in

When it comes to changes, Nascar is constantly trying new things. We’ll see lots of new things in the 2019 Nascar All-Star race. This Saturday, the Charlotte Motor Speedway will host some of Nascar’s greatest drivers. Let’s take a look at the latest Autoracing Odds while making some predictions.

2019 NASCAR All-Star Race Odds, Preview & Expert Pick

Rule Changes

The biggest changes for this year’s event are in the rules. The cars will have a new, single piece carbon fiber splitter. The cars will also have a new radiator duct that will now exit through the hood. In the past, the duct has exited through the engine compartment.

The Monster Energy Open will take place prior to the All-Star race. The Monster Energy Open will act as a qualifier for the All-Star event. This event will have a total of 3 segments. Two of the segments will have 20 laps, while the final segment will consist of 10 laps. The leader at the end of each segment will earn a spot in the All-Star race.

Structure of Race

As for the All-Star race, it will consist of four segments. The first segment will have 30 laps, while the second and third segments will have 20 laps. The fourth and final segment will have 15 laps and must have a green-flag finish.

Not just any Nascar driver can enter the All-Star event. In order to enter, a driver must have won a points race in 2018 or 2019. Another way to gain entry is to have won a Nascar Series Championship. 3 more entries can enter by winning stages of the Monster Energy Open. The fourth and final way to enter is through a fan vote.

The All-Star race field already has a who’s who of Nascar drivers. The field includes Last year’s champion Kevin Harvick, Kurt & Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Jimmy Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr. amongst others. The winner of the event will take home a $1 million prize.

Advantages

The Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile track gives Brad Keselowski an advantage. Keselowski has won two events on 1.5-mile tracks this year. He has also had great success at Charlotte. In his last seven events at Charlotte, Keselowski has finished in the top 10 five times. Keselowski is winless in his 10 All-Star events and would love nothing more than to finally claim victory at this event.

Don’t sleep on Brad Keselowski’s biggest rival, Kyle Busch. Busch and Keselowski have both been dominant in this year’s Nascar Series events. These two don’t like each other and will do anything to make sure that the other doesn’t take the checkered flag. Look for some fireworks from these two.

Jimmie Johnson has won four All-Star events in his career and would love nothing more than to win number five. Fan favorite Chase Elliott will also work hard to claim his first All-Star event. Martin Truex Jr. is also another driver that would love to claim his first All-Star win.

As the fictional Nascar character Ricky Bobby stated, “if you ain’t first, you’re last”. This sums up the Nascar All-Star Race. The winner of the event takes all, and second place wins nothing. These drivers will go all out to win that $1 million purse.