NASCAR Betting Picks: Best Bets to Win the NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte

May 18, 2019 05:15 PM EDT
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  • The NASCAR All-Star event gets underway tonight, starting with the Monster Energy Open at 6 p.m. ET (FSI1).
  • The All-Star Race main event will follow at 8 p.m. ET (FS1).
  • Nick Giffen gives his best bets to win tonight's All-Star Race, including three drivers offering value in a short 19-car field.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series makes its way to headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. for the annual All-Star Race. As has been the case in recent years, there are two races.

First, the Monster Energy Open (6 p.m. ET, FS1) hosts all the drivers not yet eligible for the main event. The winner of each of the three stages of the Open will transfer to the main race. The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race main event goes off at 8 p.m. ET, also on FS1.

There are many ways a driver can become eligible for the All-Star Race, and the format is different from most NASCAR races. I suggest you read this excellent primer that gives all the details before placing any bets.

Charlotte is a 1.5-mile quad-oval that has a fairly old surface. That means its tire wear should be relatively high. However, the cars are running the aero ducts, so this is the first 1.5-mile oval with high tire wear and aero ducts. The other high tire wear tracks were Atlanta (no aero ducts) and Auto Club (2-mile oval), and both were run in the heat of the day, instead of at night.

Kansas was a night race last weekend, and Las Vegas also ran the aero ducts. I’m planning on using data from all 1.5-mile tracks this year in my evaluation of the All-Star race.

Because this race has a lot of unknowns, we should only pick the very best value bets. Hence, my card will be quite small this weekend. Let’s get to the picks.

A quick primer on the odds below: A $100 bet at +700 odds would profit $700, while a $200 wager at -200 odds would pay out $100.

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