NASCAR All-Star race 2017: Key stats, Vegas odds, prediction, past winners
Betting favorites for Saturday night's All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
With $1 million on the line and a 10-lap final stage shootout in NASCAR's All-Star race, the only thing to expect Saturday under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the unexpected.
Despite the unknown, there are a few key stats which separate drivers at the 1.5-mile North Carolina track.
Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson appear to be in the best form at 1.5-mile tracks this season. Truex won at Las Vegas and last week at Kansas while Larson has three runner-up finishes and a sixth-place showing in the four intermediate track races thus far. After 11 races, Larson continues to lead the Cup Series points standings in part due to a 6.9 average finish and 366 laps led.
Matt Kenseth leads the series among active drivers with more than one start in average finish in the All-Star Race with a 6.87; followed by Jimmie Johnson with 7.13. Joe Gibbs Racing has lacked speed to begin the season, but Denny Hamlin has the second-highest driver rating at Charlotte since 2015, behind Truex.
Kevin Harvick is known for being dominant at 1.5-mile tracks but our pick is Brad Keselowski, who has shown great speed this season and won earlier this year on a similar layout at Atlanta. The No. 2 driver finished second in the exhibition race last year to his Team Penske teammate and is motivated for his first All-Star race win.
What are the Las Vegas odds for the NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte?
Here are the race odds according to the Westgate Sportsbook:
Martin Truex Jr. (6/1)
Brad Keselowski (7/1)
Joey Logano (7/1)
Kyle Busch (7/1)
Kyle Larson (7/1)
Kevin Harvick (8/1)
Jimmie Johnson (8/1)
Matt Kenseth (15/1)
Denny Hamlin (15/1)
Kurt Busch (25/1)
Jamie McMurray (25/1)
Kasey Kahne (25/1)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (30/1)
Ryan Newman (60/1)
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (60/1)
Chris Buescher (100/1)
What drivers have won the All-Star race?
Ten active Cup Series drivers have won the All-Star Race and taken home the $1 million that comes with the victory.
Leading the pack is Jimmie Johnson, who boasts a record four All-Star race wins. The other past winners have all won once: Joey Logano (2016), Denny Hamlin (2015), Jamie McMurray (2014), Kurt Busch (2010), Kasey Kahne (2008), Kevin Harvick (2007), Matt Kenseth (2003), Ryan Newman (2002) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000).
Six drivers who have already qualified for the All-Star Race will search for their first win in the event: Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.