All-Star Race Odds, Schedule, TV, Favorites

It’s NASCAR All-Star Race weekend in Texas again.

The track will hold its second All-Star race after a deal that replaces the Spring Points Race at the 1.5-mile track with the exhibition. Texas Motor Speedway received the All-Star race (8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1) after the race spent a year in Bristol following a move from longtime home Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2019.

As always, the rules of the race are complicated. Winning the fastest car over the course of 100 easy laps is never easy enough for NASCAR. The race consists of four stages and the first three are 25 laps long. The winners of these three stages receive the top three grid spots for the final 50-lap stage. There will also be a pit stop competition between stages and the driver of the winning team will start fourth in the final stage.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - JUNE 13: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, celebrates on the winning lane after winning the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway on June 13, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas and the winner is.  (Photo by Jared C Tilton/Getty Images)

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – JUNE 13: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, celebrates on the winning lane after winning the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway on June 13, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas and the winner is. (Photo by Jared C Tilton/Getty Images)

That is not all. If there is no caution between rounds 15 and 25 in the final stage, NASCAR will randomly throw a caution to concentrate the field and get a restart. NASCAR has been warning of debris for years to help pool the field for more restarts, so even the most cynical of NASCAR fans must appreciate the transparency ahead of Sunday’s race.

Twenty riders are already qualified for the All-Star Race and four will qualify via the open race late Sunday afternoon. The open race consists of three stages of 50 laps and each of the winners of these three stages makes up the main event. The fourth and final qualifier will be the winner of a fan popularity contest who did not win any of the three stages.

Kyle Larson won the 2021 All-Star Race and is going into the race as a favourite. Here’s what you need to know to bet on the All Star race. All odds are from BetMGM.

The favourites

  • Kyle Larson (+450)

  • Chase Elliot (+650)

  • Kyle Busch (+700)

  • Denny Hamlin (+800)

  • William Byron (+800)

Larson is a weekly favorite at this point, despite having just one win and being ninth overall so far. Each of the five drivers listed above has shown speed on intermediate courses so far in 2022 and Byron may be the best bet of the group. He has two wins in 2022 and was fast in Kansas until a flat left rear tire while in the lead ended his chances of a win. The left rear tire issues that surfaced in Kansas could also surface in Texas, making the race even more random.

Good mid-range value

  • Martin Truex Jr (+1200)

  • Christopher Bell (+2000)

Truex and Bell get the nod here for the speed of Joe Gibbs Racing in Kansas. Toyota had all six of its cars in the top 10 and all four of JGR’s cars were in the top six. Texas and Kansas aren’t copies of each other, but there’s enough resemblance to think JGR and Hendrick are the teams to beat again.

Don’t bet on this driver

Suarez has some tantalizing odds, but he also needs to make the All-Star Race through the Open. Betting on a driver who qualifies through the Open and then wins the All-Star race is not a good idea.

Looking for a long shot?

Wallace is automatically in the All-Star Race and had a fast car in Kansas. His finish would have been much better had it not been for a late pit stop snafu. Given that speed, it’s worth a fly at these odds.

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