Distance: 70 laps, or 105 miles, over four segments (20, 20, 20 and 10 laps)
Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile trioval in Concord
When: 3AM Sunday
Last year’s winner: Joey Logano
It’s called the NASCAR All-Star Race, so it stands to reason that the event has historically been dominated by legends.
The first nine All-Star Races (then known as The Winston) were won by future NASCAR Hall of Famers, and since then Victory Lane has been visited by a steady stream of superstars. Steady, that is, but not unbroken.
A cool $1 million will once again be on the line for the winner, but who will that lucky driver be?
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.
Odds for the NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte
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)