The NASCAR Monster Energy Open is a last-chance qualifier for drivers who did not meet the All-Star race criteria.
As such, most of the front-runners won't be participating.
This year, rather unusually, 12 of the top 15 drivers in the standings have qualified for the main event.
The format, however, could make betting quite tricky.
The Monster Energy Open is split into three stages.
Winners of the first two-stage automatically qualify for the main event.
These transfers, therefore, retire from the race, which means that the strongest drivers will be out of contention.
How to Watch
What: 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Open
Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC
When: Saturday, May 18th at 6:00 PM EST
How: FS1 (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)
Favorites to Win the 2019 Monster Energy Open
The favorites for the win are the ones less likely to win either the first or the second stage.
Paul Menard has two career top 10 finishes at Charlotte.
The Wood Brothers driver sits 20th in the standings, having scored two top 10 results this season.
Menard will be in contention for the stages, but he is more likely to make it to the checkered instead.
The 13-season veteran has a solid equipment in his hands, which makes him a good pick for the race victory.
William Byron is struggling even more than his Hendrick teammates.
The sophomore driver has two top 10 finishes this season.
Byron is another contender for the stage wins but more likely to make it to the end of the race.
His record at Charlotte isn't particularly great, with two retirements in the Cup series and a top 10 in Truck.
However, with a decent equipment in hands, he should be in contention for the race win.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will have to transfer from the Monster Energy Open this time.
The Roush Fenway driver has one top 10 finish at Charlotte in the Cup Series.
He is likely to make it to the final stage and should be in contention then.
Outside Picks for the Monster Energy Open
These drivers are strong favorites to take either the first or the second stage.
As such, they are less likely to remain in contention for the race win.
However, on the odd chance any of them makes it to the final stage, they should be considered heavy favorites.
After a rather disappointing 2018, things got worse for Kyle Larson this season.
The Chip Ganassi driver is a distant 21st place in the standings.
Despite this, Larson will likely be a strong contender for stage victories.
Due to this, he is unlikely to make it to the end of the race.
However, should it happen, the #42 should be in the mix as one of the favorites. Daniel Suarez won one of the two stages at last year's Monster Energy Open.
The Stewart-Haas driver is 13th in points, second best among the Open participants.
Suarez has one top 5 and four top 10 this season.
He is far more likely to take a stage win, but will be the favorite should he make it to the final part.
Alex Bowman also won one of the stages at last year's edition.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver has improved in recent races.
Given his equipment and recent performance, Bowman will likely advance by winning a stage as well.
Should he remain in contention until the checkered, then he also becomes one of the heavy favorites.