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2018 NASCAR All-Star Race odds, prediction

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108   //    17 May 2018, 03:07 IST
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Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have been the two hottest drivers this season and it's no surprise the veterans are among the favorites to take home the $1 million prize in the All-Star Race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

Busch owns three wins through the first 12 races and is the reigning All-Star Race winner but history is not on his side. Busch owns a 15.5 average finish at the 1.5-mile North Carolina track and has only won the All-Star Race once. Since 1998 only one driver – Jimmie Johnson – has scored multiple victories in the event. 

Notable winless drivers in the event include Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, and reigning series champion Martin Truex Jr.

This year’s All-Star Race will include a four-stage format (30 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps and 10 laps) and for the first time ever, cars will run a restrictor plate similar to what’s long been used on the big speedways in Talladega and Daytona.

The unpredictable nature of the race paired with the restrictor plate should make for an exciting event with plenty of lead changes. 

2018 NASCAR All-Star Race odds

Kyle Busch 5/1
Kevin Harvick 6/1
Martin Truex Jr. 8/1
Kyle Larson 8/1
Ryan Blaney 10/1
Brad Keselowski 12/1
Joey Logano 12/1
Kurt Busch 12/1
Clint Bowyer 15/1
Denny Hamlin 15/1
Chase Elliott 18/1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 20/1
Jimmie Johnson 25/1
Ryan Newman 30/1
Austin Dillon 30/1
Matt Kenseth 30/1
Jamie McMurray 30/1
Kasey Kahne 80/1
Field (all others) 10/1

Odds via Westgate

2018 NASCAR All-Star Race prediction

The four-stage, shootout race is difficult to handicap as it is but with the added dimension of the restrictor plate, things could get crazy in a hurry. Joey Logano has avoided getting involved in a wreck in all 12 races this season and he's finished in the top seven at the previous four 1.5-mile tracks this year. Throw in the fact he's a proven restrictor-plate driver with a win at Talladega this season (fourth at Daytona) and owns the highest driver rating in the past 10 restrictor-plate races, Logano has great value at 12/1. 

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