2009 Nascar – All Star Race Preview & Picks

Last Updated: May 14th, 2009 by Travis Edwards (Bankroll Sports Contributor)

The best drivers in the world will come together to bang fenders at the All Star Race at Lowes Motor Speedway this Saturday night. The racing spectacle will host 20 of the best drivers in NASCAR in a non-points race where the winner will pocket a lucrative million dollars. The All Star Race is known for providingRyan Newman some of the best excitement in racing because nothing matters except winning. Therefore drivers are most definitely going to trade paint with others as they fight over every inch of the race track. Over 180,000 will be in attendance for the 3 segment shootout style race to see what driver can take home one of the most prestigious titles in racing known as All Star Champion. Unlike other sports where all star games may not mean as much, in NASCAR it is in many ways more important than the Daytona 500. Claiming a victory at the All Star not only collects a big paycheck, but also means you beat the best of the best drivers in the world. NASCAR is also quickly growing as a big betting venue every weekend with unlimited head to head match-ups, winning odds, and more. We break down some bets to consider for the 2009 All Star Race that will add some money to your bankroll.

Bet #1: (Matchup Picks) – Dale Earnhardt Jr (-115) vs. Kasey Kahne (-115)

Kasey Kahne owned Lowes Motor Speedway last season winning both May races in the All Star and the following weekend with the Coca Cola 600. Kahne was actually voted in to the All Star Race by new rule that allowed fan favorite to enter the event after the #9 team failed to make the race in the All Star open event where drivers not in the All Star can race there way in. Kahne made the most of it and went on to score the victory. Dale Earnhardt Jr ran up front and led some of the All Star race and also clearly had the best car in the Coca Cola 600 before cutting a tire down leading the race. Both drivers have gotten off to sluggish starts in 2009, but for the #88 team of Dale Earnhardt Jr it has been fairly horrendous. Dale Jr and company must use Lowes Motor Speedway as a stepping stone to get back on track. This race might be bigger for the #88 crew that any team this weekend. Earnhardt also won the event back in 2000 with the similar 10 lap dash that is returning this year in the final segment. We expect Kahne to continue to struggle, and the #88 to a least run towards the front and finally get a respectable finish.

Pick – Dale Earnhardt Jr -115

Bet #2: (Matchup Picks) – A.J Allmendinger (-110) vs. Marcos Ambrose (-120)

This betting preview is actually for the All Star Showdown event that takes place before the actual All Star Race. This 25 lap segment will be a race for the drivers not in the All Star to earn their chance to race there way into the event. We find some pretty good betting odds with this match-up. A.J Allmendinger raced his way into the All Star Race last year in this event winning the 2008 version of the All Star Showdown. Allmendinger has also had some rather surprisingly good runs this year despite searching for a sponsor most of the early season. Marcos Ambrose has been steadily getting better in the Sprint Cup Series, but he is far from a polished driver at this point in his career. Add to the fact that Ambrose does not have much experience at Lowes, and we really like Allmendinger to cover this battle fairly easily.

Pick – A.J Allmendinger -110

Bet #3: (Future Picks) – Who will win the All Star Race?

Picking the winner of any race is hard enough, but picking the winner of an All-Star Race is an entire different level of difficulty. However, comparing the way the teams have been running it may not be as far of a stretch as one may think. One team or organization to bet on would be Hendrick Motorsports. The Hendrick stable has won 5 of the last 6 races dating back to the end of March. Also Stewart-Haas Racing has been running very strong as well and they are powered by Hendrick engines. Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman have both finished in the top 5 in the last two races. We are going to step away from popular picks and take our chances with Ryan Newman. Newman is the only driver to finish in the top 5 in the last 3 races and he has just been all too close to getting his first victory with the new #39 team. Newman has also always run well at Lowes Motor Speedway dating back to win he won the All Star Event as a rookie in 2005. Only Dale Earnhardt Jr outside of Newman can claim wins at the All Star race in their rookie campaign. Newman has been very strong over the last few weeks and we like his chances to capture the checkered flag this Saturday night with some very profitable odds in his favor.

Pick – Ryan Newman +1500

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