NASCAR is back in Wilkesboro for the first time since 1996, and the NASCAR All-Star Race is back to an easy to understand format.
If you are a full-time driver, a racer winner in 2022 or 2023, a Cup winner, or a past winner of the All-Star Race, you are one of the 21 drivers already qualified for the main event on Sunday night.
The Nascar All-Star Open is run earlier in the evening, and in that race 16 drivers will have a chance to drive their way into the All-Star Race. The top two finishers are in, and they will be joined by a third who gets in via a fan vote. Then we have 200 laps to the checkered flag.
There are no Nascar Cup Series points at stake this week in Wilkesboro, but the winner of the race does pull in $1 million.
Favorites to Win NASCAR All-Star Race
Kyle Larson (+650)
Joey Logano (+800)
William Byron (+800)
Kevin Harvick (+850)
Christopher Bell (+900)
Ross Chastain (+1000)
Kyle Busch (+1000)
Martin Truex Jr. (+1000)
Chase Elliott (+1100)
Denny Hamlin (+1100)
Kyle Larson won the Nascar All-Star Race in 2019 and 2021, and he is once again the favorite here. In those wins he was at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2019 and the Texas Motor Speedway in 2021. Larson was only 20th last week, but he was the runner-up the week earlier in Kansas.
William Byron is tied with Joey Logano at +800, and Byron was the winner last week. It was also his third straight top-five finish, and seventh top-five finish of the year. Logano hasn’t had a top-five finish in a month, when he was second at Martinsville. Last week in Darlington, he finished 18th.
Ryan Blaney is out of the top 10 in betting odds, but he is the All-Star Race defending champion. It was his one and only win in 2022, and he is still in search of his first win in 2023. A bet on Blaney to win is paying +1600.
All-Star Open Odds
You can make this Sunday’s racing a two-for by also wagering on the All-Star Open, the pre-race to determine which drivers will join the All-Star Race.
Josh Berry is the favorite at +350, and he’s followed by Ryan Preece and Ty Gibbs at +400. Berry had a second place finish at Richmond back in April. Preece’s top finish was 15th at Martinsville. Gibbs has three top-10 finishes this season.
At +450 is Aric Almirola, the only driver of the top four that has won a Cup race. He has three career wins, but this year his best finish was sixth at Martinsville a month ago.
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