All-Star Race 2021 betting preview, presented by BetMGM
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The NASCAR All-Star Open / Race takes place in Fort Worth, Texas this weekend – the first time in 36 years of racing history it has visited Lonestar State. With just two exceptions – 2020 in Bristol and 1986 in Atlanta) – Charlotte, North Carolina, had hosted the race since its inception.
Some of the drivers have solid Texas records, and some are just downright scorching on all tracks – and these all match up to the potential winners discussed below.
Take a look at who’s dominating the NASCAR racing odds:
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Kyle Larson (+300)
There’s a good reason Kyle Larson is perched at the top of NASCAR betting odds so regularly. It is multidimensional. Translation ? : He wins everywhere and everywhere when good equipment is under him. Combine that talent with the power of Hendrick Motorsports, and success will follow. He will start on pole on Sunday.
Put it on a road race track (Sonoma): Win.
Put him in the longest race in NASCAR (Charlotte): Win.
How about the intermediate trails (Las Vegas, Dover, Atlanta): the first two galore.
The Too Tough to Tame track in Darlington: Second place.
Oh, it’s just this year.
No wonder the guy is second overall in the NASCAR Cup Series. While superspeedway tracks may not be his forte so far in his young career, all other genres seem to be a force when he runs for Hendrick. He has nine top-five rankings in 16 starts and three wins.
After an abridged 2020 which saw him lose his seat with Chip Ganassi Racing due to off-track issues, he has set up a strong statistical start to the 2021 season.
OTHER: Every week we talk about the next two guys to top the list, and Martin Truex, Jr. (+700) and Chase Elliott (+700) make that list. Neither driver has won here before, but both have done relatively well, with Elliott winning five top 10s in 10 starts and Truex, Jr. getting 17 of 31 starts.
THE THREAT OF THE BLACK HORSE
Kyle Busch (+800)
Calling Kyle Busch a dark horse menace seems fair, wellâ¦ weird. Younger brother Busch has not only won more Cup Series races on this site than any of the current drivers (four), he has also had nine Xfinity Series wins and five Truck Series wins. In total, he won 18 races in the top three levels of NASCAR, as well as 40 career top-five finishes in the first three series.
In the Cup Series, Busch has 17 career top 10s in just 30 starts. This guy is good at Texas and maybe we’ll see a demonstration of that this weekend.
OTHER: I know people get tired of the same old names, but when NASCAR’s top three series are factored in Kevin Harvick (+1,400) has nine career wins in all series in Texas. The veteran cannot be counted. Joey Logano (+1400) finished 14 in the top 10 in 25 career Cup starts in Texas, and he’s one of seven drivers in this weekend’s All-Star Race who have at least one victory. in the Cup Series here (2014).
THE LONG INTRIGUING PLAN
Christophe Bell (+3000)
Bell is an intriguing choice as he took third place in Texas last year behind Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. That’s not too bad for a young driver who wasn’t even with Joe Gibbs Racing in yet. the Cup Series (he joined before that season).
It has also won races here in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, and is 15th in the Cup Series standings with a win this season (Daytona Road Course). He is scheduled to take the No. 3 start of the All-Star Race on Sunday.