The biggest non-points paying event of the Cup Series season is here.
It's time for this year's edition of the All-Star race.
All race winners from 2018 as well as previous series champions and All-Star winners will take part.
While it is a festive, non-points paying event, there is plenty at stake.
Topping the list is a US$ 1 million prize, which makes this the second highest payout of the season.
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)
Favorites to Win the 2019 NASCAR All-Star Race
Considering the recent record at Charlotte and the All-Star race, Denny Hamlin is the early favorite.
The Joe Gibbs driver won the event back in 2015 and has five consecutive top 10 finishes.
Hamlin also has an impressive record of 13 top 10 in the last 15 races at the track.
He also has three consecutive top 5 results at the 1.5-mile oval.
However, interestingly enough, Denny Hamlin has never won a regular race at Charlotte in the Cup Series.
Despite this, his good record at the All-Star shows that #11 knows how to handle the format.
Hamlin has two wins, six top 5 and eight top 10 finishes in 12 races this season.
Defending race winner Kevin Harvick is one of two drivers in the field with multiple All-Star victories.
The Stewart-Haas racer also has two second-place finishes in his last five starts at the event.
While #4 has two DNFs in his last five Charlotte starts, he has a good record at the track.
Harvick has only finished outside the top 10 three times in the last 15 starts at the oval.
The 2014 champion scored three wins and seven top 5 finishes during that span.
It seems that Kyle Busch has finally found the groove at Charlotte.
The 2015 champion scored his first win at the track last May after 29 starts.
It came in dominant fashion, as Busch led 377 out of 400 laps from pole, winning all three stages.
The Joe Gibbs driver scored his first ever All-Star victory the year before.
While Busch struggled to win at Charlotte, he does have a consistent record at the 1.5-mile oval.
He is second among active drivers with 12 top 5 finishes and 17 top 10 results.
Outside Picks for the All-Star Race
Charlotte is one of the seven-time champion strongest tracks.
Jimmie Johnson is the all-time leader with eight wins at the oval.
Among active drivers, Kevin Harvick is a distant second with three.
Johnson is also the all-time leader with four All-Star wins.
His most recent win at the track in 2016 played a key role in his title campaign.
He scored back-to-back All-Star wins in 2012 and 2013.
While his drought is now at 71 races, Johnson's recent record at Charlotte is good.
The Hendrick driver has one win, three top 5 and four top 10 in the last five starts.
Success has evaded Joey Logano at Charlotte in recent years.
The reigning series champion has four consecutive finishes outside the top 20.
Despite this, he is one of nine previous winners at the track taking the green flag.
Logano won the All-Star back in 2016 and has four consecutive top 10 finishes at the event.
Martin Truex Jr. has an amazing record at Charlotte in recent years.
The 2017 champion has two wins, five top 3 and six top 5 finishes in the last seven starts.
His All-Star record, on the other hand, is terrible.
The 2017 champion missed the event in 2015 and has a career-best finish of 12th.
So, despite his dominance at the track, Truex has yet to translate it to the All-Star race.
2019 NASCAR All-Star Race Odds
|Busch, Kyle||+450||Bet Now|
|Harvick, Kevin||+650||Bet Now|
|Keselowski, Brad||+700||Bet Now|
|Logano, Joey||+750||Bet Now|
|Truex Jr. Martin||+750||Bet Now|
|Eliott, Chase||+800||Bet Now|
|Hamlin, Denny||+1200||Bet Now|
|Bowyer, Clint||+1300||Bet Now|
|Busch, Kurt||+1400||Bet Now|
|Almirola, Aric||+1600||Bet Now|
|Hamlin, Denny||+1500||Bet Now|
|Blaney, Ryan||+1800||Bet Now|
|Jones, Erik||+1800||Bet Now|
|Johnson, Jimmie||+2000||Bet Now|
|Dillon, Austin||+5000||Bet Now|
|Newman, Ryan||+6600||Bet Now|
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