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Hubba Bubba! Wallace to Race to All-Star Open Win

While this is an “off-weekend” for NASCAR Cup Series points races, the field returns to the historic North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway for the second consecutive year for the All-Star Open and All-Star Race. While 17 drivers have already clinched their way into Sunday’s main event, 20 more will look for a shot to earn one million dollars via the All-Star Open.

The top two finishers from Sunday’s All-Star Open will transfer to the main event. Who do we think they will be? Who will win the Open outright? Stick around for our NASCAR best bet. Check the latest NASCAR odds.

Hubba Bubba! Wallace to Race to All-Star Open Win
Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald's Toyota - James Gilbert/Getty Images

 

Who is in the All-Star Open Field?

In order to qualify for the main event, you must have won a Cup Series race since last year’s All-Star Race, won a previous All-Star Race or be a past series champion. This takes out nearly all the drivers contending for the win on a typical race weekend. From an equipment perspective, Ty Gibbs, driving for his grandfather’s Joe Gibbs Racing, and Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman have an edge.

The NASCAR oddsmakers have tabbed Gibbs as the favorite at +230. While Gibbs didn’t win his lone Open start, he finished second and advanced to the main event. Bowman, meanwhile, sits at +750. He did not race last year due to a back injury, but his number 48 team won the Open.

And who drove that 48? That would be Josh Berry. While Hendrick equipment is superior to his current Stewart-Haas Racing ride, North Wilkesboro has a similar length to tracks like Bristol, Martinsville and Richmond. Berry was notably a short-track ace in his days prior to NASCAR. He led laps at Bristol and barely missed out on a top-10. His odds to repeat match Bowman’s at +750.

Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Ryan Preece and Chase Briscoe both have strong pedigrees on short tracks. Briscoe is more likely to win than Preece, according to the NASCAR oddsmakers, with +800 odds while Preece sits at +1000. Noah Gragson has carried the flag for the struggling stable and is viewed as one of the favorites with +700 odds.

 

NASCAR Open: Bubba Wallace – Best Bet to Crash the All-Star Race Party?

While Gibbs is the favorite, we turn to his Toyota manufacturer-mate in Bubba Wallace.. Last year, the 23XI star did not have to run the Open as he already had a spot in the main event thanks to his 2022 Kansas win. But Wallace nearly shocked the series by finishing second to Kyle Larson, falling just short of the million dollar prize.

 

What gives Bubba an advantage here is the combination of his experience, equipment and strong run in his lone North Wilkesboro start. We believe he will get another shot for the million dollars when he wins the open at +450 NASCAR betting odds.

 

 

NASCAR Pick:

  • Bubba Wallace +450 to win the All-Star Open

 

And while not available on the BetUS Sportsbook, we will plant our flag and say Gragson will finish second and advance to the main event. As for the fan vote, we will go with Carson Hocevar, who has gone to great lengths throughout his voting campaign. We hope it pays off for the budding young driver.

 

 

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