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Larson All-Star Best Bet … IF he Races

The biggest storyline heading into Sunday night’s NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race is Kyle Larson. If he takes the checkered flag, he would tie seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson with four All-Star Race wins. Larson won last year in the sport’s triumphant return to North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway, but is not considered the favorite by the NASCAR betting odds makers. That honor belongs to Denny Hamlin, who has been tabbed at +500 to win. Ready to Bet? View the current NASCAR betting odds now.

Why is this the case? Who do we think will take home the million dollar prize? Stay tuned for our NASCAR best bets for the All-Star Race.

Larson All-Star Best Bet … IF he Races
Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Throwback Chevrolet | James Gilbert/Getty Images/AFP

 

Will Larson Race?

The reason Larson’s odds only sit at +850 is the fact he may not race at all. The 2021 series champion is trying his hand at qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 next weekend, where he is looking to complete both the 500 and Coke 600 in the same day – a feat only accomplished once.

Larson will not compete in Saturday’s heat races to set the field for Sunday’s All-Star Race, and if he makes the “Fast 12” at Indy or is a last-chance qualifier, he will likely remain there and not compete in North Wilkesboro.

We will come right out and say that if Larson races, he will win. But what if he doesn’t? Make sure to keep an eye on the latest NASCAR news and on the BetUS Sportsbook to ensure Larson is in the race before making your wagers.

If Larson does not race, who else do we think is a good pick to win?

NASCAR Pick: Kyle Larson +850 to win the All-Star Race

 

 

Who Else is in the Field?

In order to qualify for the All-Star main event, you must have won a race since last year’s event, previously won an All-Star Race or a previous series championship. The field is currently stacked with 17 of the best drivers in the field, with three more to be determined via the All-Star Open and fan vote.

We claimed our stake that Bubba Wallace, Noah Gragson and Carson Hocevar will join the current field via the All Star Open. While none of those drivers are specifically available on the BetUS Sportsbook, there is an option to pick “Any All-Star Open Participant” at +2000 odds if you believe an upset is in store.

If not betting Larson, you could always stay in the Hendrick Motorsports stable with William Byron and his (tied for) series-leading three victories this season. Byron had an incident last year which kept him from a lead-lap finish, but he has been one of the best drivers in the field this year. His odds to win are second to only Hamlin at +600.

Hamlin himself has had a roller coaster of a season that has also resulted in three victories. He has one All-Star victory under his belt and failed to finish in the top-10 last season. We are going to hold off on picking Hamlin to win because we think better values exist.

Chase Elliott would have been in the main event regardless, thanks to his 2020 All-Star victory at Bristol. But he is starting to get his mojo back after a win at Texas in April. His NASCAR odds are currently an appealing +1000.

Brad Keselowski also snapped a massive winless streak last week in a thrilling finish at Darlington. Kez boasts +1200 odds to win his first All-Star Race. Teammate Chris Buescher saw victory slip through his fingers late in the running at Darlington. While not a points-paying race, finally finding victory lane in 2024 could be a huge boost to the 17 team and its +1400 Las Vegas odds.

Another driver with +1200 odds is Tyler Reddick, who is looking to score his first All-Star victory. He finished third last year at NWBS in an impressive run with 23XI teammate Bubba Wallace. We think in terms of value, Reddick is one of the best picks outside of Larson. His top-three odds are also appealing, sitting at +350.

While a win might be a stretch, don’t forget Daniel Suarez! Remember his Atlanta triumph in that wild three-wide finish? He’s also cracked the top-five in the last two All-Star Races. NASCAR betting odds suggest there’s value in him taking another step forward with a top-three finish. At fourth-highest odds, Suarez is an intriguing longshot to consider for your All-Star Race bets.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Will the race feature and overtime finish?


With drivers being more aggressive, a late caution is more likely.

Will one of the qualifiers from the Open finish top-three?


No.

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