Charlotte hosts the 35th edition of the All-Star Race this weekend.
With the field featuring the top drivers of the field, the championship contenders are also included.
This has been the case for every edition of the race, as the year's champion has never missed the All-Star.
Taking such a stacked field into consideration, it's only natural to wonder about the All-Star's implications on the championship.
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How to Watch
What: 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy All-Star Race
Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC
When: Saturday, May 18th at 8:00 PM EST
How: FS1 (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)
A Look at the All-Star History
While the festive race is a non-points paying event, the ultra-competitive reduced field could, perhaps, point to some tendencies.
The driver that comes out on top competing against the best should have a good shot at the trophy.
NASCAR has always treated the All-Star as a festive event more than anything.
As such, while the compact field might be incredibly competitive, it doesn't necessarily translate into the race.
That being said, the All-Star did provide some insight on the championship fight, especially in its early days.
Through the first 17 editions of the event, the All-Star winner went on to win the championship on eight occasions.
That has only happened twice in 17 races since then.
It's easy to understand this trend.
In recent years, NASCAR has used the non-points paying event as a laboratory.
Either as a way to test new regulations or simply to make things more entertaining, the series has tried a number of different formats.
While the All-Star's format has always been different from a regular season race, the rules have changed significantly.
For a number of years, NASCAR kept it relatively straightforward.
The race was split into stages but otherwise ran very much like any other championship round.
In this scenario, it was only natural for the race to reflect the regular season's trend.
A Look at the More Recent All-Star Races
As time went by, the All-Star's rarely translated into something else in the championship.
NASCAR got more creative with the formats, introducing different rules to make the event more competitive.
This naturally created room for upsets and the title favorites wouldn't necessarily be among the contenders for the race win.
Only one driver has managed to repeat as an All-Star and championship winner in the same year since 2001.
Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson did that twice, first in 2006 and then in 2013.
Johnson is also the all-time leader in wins at the All-Star, with four.
So, the best option is to not take the All-Star race into account when picking your title favorite.
Odds on the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Championship
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