On May 19, some of the best NASCAR drivers will converge at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the annual Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race. Kyle Busch won the event and took home $1 million last year. Will he repeat? Or will another driver get the victory this time around?
Betting Preview for NASCAR’s 2018 Monster Energy All-Star Race on May 19, 2018
Where: Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
When: Sat, May 19, 8:00 PM EST
Kyle Busch (+300)
Kyle Busch currently leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series leaderboard with 503 points, so it’s just rightful for him to be deemed as the favorite to win this race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch has an average finish of 3.33 in his last six races, which is propelled by his back-to-back wins at the Toyota Owners 400 and the Food City 500 last April. In his last race, he finished 10th at the Kansas 400 on May 12. In 28 career races at Charlotte, however, Busch has yet to take home a win. He has 11 top five finishes there, though.
Martin Truex Jr. (+500)
Truex only has a win so far on the season, but he’s on the heels of a hot stretch in which he finished inside the top five in each of his past two races. On May 12, he placed second at the Kansas 400. In a prior race on May 6, he finished fourth at the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. Dating back to 2015, Truex has two wins in four total races at Charlotte Speedway.
Kyle Larson (+500)
Currently 10th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 356 points, Larson has yet to win a race on the season but went close to notching a victory in at least four of his last five races. Over that stretch the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix driver has four top 10 finishes and two top fives. At the Kansas 400, Larson finished fourth. At the Food City 500, Larson placed second to race winner Kyle Busch. Larson has a career average finish of 18.67 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Clint Bowyer (+2,800)
Don’t go sleeping on No. 14 of Steward-Haas Racing. Bowyer’s +2,800 odds to win the All-Star event look tasty of the moment. Although there would be no points to get from the upcoming race, Bowyer has his eyes locked in on that cool $1 million prize, per Steven Wilson of Speedway Digest.
“There’s a million dollars on the line,” said Bowyer, who’ll drive the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) Fan Club Ford Fusion in the annual race first contested in 1985. “How do you think we’re going to race? It’s $1 million. Think about that – $1 million on the line. It’s about money and a trophy.”
Bowyer also has a win at Charlotte Motor Speedway, when he topped The Bank of America 500 race way back in 2012.
Austin Dillon (+10,000)
Dillon has not cracked past the top 15 in any of his last six races. The last time he raced, he finished a respectable 17th at the Kansas 400. He also had back-to-back top 15s at the Toyota Owners 400 and at the Food City 500 in April. Dillon is 17th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with a win – a Daytona 500 victory last February. Last year, he also recorded his first and so far only win in Charlotte when he paced all drivers at the Coca-Cola 600.
Clint Bowyer takes home the million bucks.
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