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NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race Preview and Prediction

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup series takes a break this weekend from its point race schedule for the running of the 28th annual All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race
Race: All-Star Race
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Time: 9 p.m. (ET)
Broadcast: Speed Network

This 150-mile race features all the drivers that have won a race last season or this season plus the winner and runner-up in the Sprint Showdown, which is run two hours prior to this race.

This dash for the cash has a first-place prize of $1 million.

All the action is slated to get underway at 7 p.m. on Saturday night with the Sprint Showdown and it will be broadcast nationally on the Speed Network.

The following is a closer look at our favorite, contender, and longshot for this year’s All-Star Race along with their current odds to win as provided by Bovada.

Favorite (odds of less than 10/1)

Kyle Busch only managed to finish in the top five in one of his first eight races this season, but comes into this race on fire with a victory at Richmond, a second-place finish at Talladega, and a fourth-place finish in last week’s race at Darlington. It is little wonder that he is a 7/1 favorite to win on Saturday night.

This surge has raised the No.18 car to ninth in the standings with 349 points. Last year, Busch started on the pole in this race but could only manage a second-place finish after leading for 19 laps.
He is still searching for his first victory in the All-Star and has yet to win a point race at Charlotte, but he has finished in the top five in six of his 16 career point races here.

Contender (11/1 to 19/1)

Kevin Harvick posted his first and only victory in the All-Star Race in 2007 and has been opened at 10/1 to take the checkered flag in this season’s race.

He started 14th in last year’s race and could only manage to work himself to ninth. The No. 29 car is currently in eighth-place in the standings with 361 points. The team is still searching for its first win this season, but it has come close with five top-10 finishes.

Harvick won the Coca-Cola 600 last year at Charlotte and finished sixth in the fall race here.

Longshot (odds 20/1 or higher)

Ryan Newman has been opened as a 25/1 longshot to win on Saturday night and there is quite of bit of value in those odds given his current form and past history in this race.

The No.39 car is currently 14th in the point standings with 307 points but in position for a wildcard spot in the Chase after posting a victory in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville.

Earlier in the season he finished fourth at Las Vegas and seventh at Fontana. Newman also has the distinction of being just the second Sprint Cup rookie to win an All-Star Race with a victory in 2002 after Dale Earnhardt Jr. won as a rookie in 2000.

*SPRINT Cup Odds provided by Bovada



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