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NASCAR Sprint 2016 All-Star Race Betting Preview

Written by on May 19, 2016

With the 2016 Sprint All-Star race set to take place this coming weekend, NASCAR racing odds fans everywhere need to know all about the quickly approaching event and its difficult to understand format. Thanks to this expert preview, you’re going to be able to do just that.

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Betting Preview

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway; Charlotte, North CarolinaWhen: Saturday, May 21Pre-Race TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1Green Flag: 9:16 p.m. ET, FS1Distance: 50 laps, 50 laps, 13 lapsDefending Champion: Denny Hamlin

Top 10 Nascar Sprint All Star Odds

  • Kevin Harvick #4-+600
  • Kyle Busch #18-+600
  • Field-+750
  • Jimmie Johnson #48-+750
  • Matt Kenseth #20-+900
  • Carl Edwards #19-+900
  • Martin Truex, Jr. #78-+900
  • Joey Logano #22-+1000
  • Brad Keselowski #2-+1200
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. #88-+1200
  • Kurt Busch #41-+1400

Nascar Sprint All Star Race Expert Analysis

Past Sprint Cup champions get entry into the race. If a driver has won a race in either of the last two years, he is also eligible for this event. Any driver that has won an All-Star race in the past is so eligible and three winners of the Sprint Showdown flights earn spots in the All-Star Race. Last but not least, a fan vote determines the final driver. A driver’s council has made sweeping changes in this year’s race with driver Brad Keselowski being a loud proponent for change.

“I just wanted to see the race something that I would want to watch if I was a fan, and something that I would want to be proud of if I was the driver that won it,” Keselowski said. “Quite honestly, I didn’t feel like the formats of the past few years were that way. So when sitting down and kind of going over it all, I kind of had this over-arching theme that I think our sport is best when at the end of the day we have what I call common winds, where everybody is happy. Those are easy to say, hard to do, but I think they’re out there.” The race features 50-lap segments followed by a 13-lap brawl for it all at the end. The running order of Segment 1 is decided by qualifying speeds and will require a mandatory green-flag pit stop for a minimum tire change of two Goodyear tires.

The order for Segment is decided by the results from the ensuing race off pit road after the first 50-lap segment. Drivers must visit pit road again by Lap 85 for at least two Goodyear tires. The starting order for the final 13-lap segment is a random draw where the top nine, 10 or 11 cars must pit for four tires. Pit road won’t allow in the other drivers with older, balder tires. All the cars in front will be on skinned wheels. All the cars in back will be on four fresh sets. It will be 13 laps to see if the old tires can hold on for victory or whether the new ones will make up the difference.

Carl Edwards, a winner of two races this year, added, “It could be complete chaos, which is probably going to be fun.”