NASCAR will hold its All-Star Race this weekend at the newly renovated North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Carolina Drivers with multiple wins in the event are entered with the best odds. Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson each have two All-Star Race wins on their resumes and could join the rare air by adding a third. Only legends Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmy Johnson have won three or more.
Current full-time drivers who meet the following criteria are automatically entered into the All-Star Race:
• Won the 2022 or 2023 race
• Won the last All-Star race
• Won the Cup Series Championship
Larsson is the +600 favorite while Harvick enters the weekend at +800. The last time the Cup Series ran in North Wilkesboro was in 1996 — before six regular Cup Series players were born — which means no one has any experience driving the unique 0.625-mile downhill. However, Larson makes sense as the favorite because he has won two races at similarly short tracks in Martinsville and Richmond this season.
NASCAR All-Star Race betting information
• Kyle Larson +600
• Kevin Harvick +800
• Christopher Bell +900
• William Byron +900
• Joey Logano +900
Bell has finished in the top 10 in more than half of his 17 trophy shortstop competitions including a victory in the Martinsville Elimination Race last season. Despite Hendrick’s machines being similar to Larson’s, Byron has struggled on short runs this year, but posted an impressive average sixth-place finish from 2021-22. Logano has 11 top 10 finishes in his last 17 races on tracks shorter than a mile.
Good average value
• Chase Elliott +1200
• Ryan Blaney +1800
Elliott has finished in the top 10 in each of his last five short-track starts and won an All-Star race in his only half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway race in 2020. Blaney is the defending champion in the event and usually runs well in the tight confines of Martinsville and Bristol, which is very similar to North Wilkesboro.
Don’t bet on this driver
• Tyler Reddick +1800
There are much better short track races out there with longer odds than Reddick who has never led a short track lap in the Cup Series and has only finished in the top ten twice.
Looking for a long shot?
• Austin Cindrick +6000
Cindric has been more successful on the superroads since joining the Cup Series at the start of last season, but in his last three Xfinity Series campaigns from 2019-2021, he’s knocked out a top 10 shortstop, including two wins.
NASCAR All-Star Open betting information
To fill out the 24-car field, the top two All-Star Open racers on Sunday afternoon and the winner of the fan vote will advance to Sunday night’s main event. The Open Championship will be 100 laps with a yellow flag for competition after 40 laps.
• Josh Perry +450
• Tai Gibbs +450
• Eric Almirola +500
• Ryan Price +500