2020 NASCAR All Star Open - 7/15/20 Nascar Cup Series Picks, Odds, and Prediction
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2020 NASCAR All Star Open
7/15/20 7:00pm EST
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We make our way back to Bristol Motor Speedway for Nascar’s All Star event. The Open race is a last chance qualifier to make it into the All Star Race, and a run at one million dollars. The open race will consist of stages of 35/35/15 laps. The winner of each stage will move onto the All Star Race, plus there will be a fan vote for 1 more driver. Essentially 4 drivers will move onto the All Star race from the Open race.
Here are a 5 drivers to consider for the NASCAR All Star Open.
Clint Bowyer +400- Clint is the biggest name that will have to navigate through the Open race on Wednesday evening. Clint finished 7th in both races at Bristol in 2019. Clint loves racing at Bristol, as the track fits his dirt racing style. Bowyer finished 2nd to Brad Keselowski back at the Food City 500 in May of this year. Clint has the best average finish at Bristol of any active driver in the last 7 races of 7.29. Depending on where Bowyer starts, I will not be shocked if he doesn’t claim the first stage.
William Byron +550- Byron finished in the 8th position at the most recent race at Bristol back in May of this year. Byron doesn’t have any DNFs at Bristol in his brief Cup Series career. Bryon may only have 1 career top 10 in the Cup Series, but he should be in contention during the open race. Most of the elite drivers have earned spots in the All Star Race, so Bryon will not have that competition pass. As long as Byron avoids trouble, we should see him make his way into the All Star race.
Matt DiBenedetto +650- No doubt Bristol is Matt’s favorite track, and he is way better equipment this year. The 2019 Night Race at Bristol is probably the most bitter-sweet moment I have witnessed in NASCAR, as Matt finished 2nd to Denny Hamlin. Matt 2 top 10 finishes in his career at Bristol, and most times finds himself in competition at Bristol. DiBenedetto had an issue back at the Food City 500 in May, finishing in the 31st position. I feel Matt can get it turned around here in the Open race on Wednesday evening.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +900- Stenhouse has run very well at Bristol in his career with 4 top 5 finishes and 6 top 10 finishes over 15 races. In the last 4 races at Bristol, Ricky has not finished better than 24 which is a little concerning. The Open race will not feature many elite names, and I think Stenhouse can take advantage. I feel Stenhouse has a top 5 car for the Open race, and he will have a great chance to win on Wednesday evening.
Tyler Reddick +700- Reddick has been nothing but impressive in his rookie season here in 2020. Reddick was caught up in a crash back at the Food City 500 in May, and finished 36th. Reddick has 2 top 5 finishes and 2 top 10 finishes at Bristol in the Nascar Xfinity Series. In August of 2019, Tyler won the Xfinity race at Bristol under the lights. Tyler comes from a dirt racing background, and he is no stranger to segment racing. I look for Reddick to be a top contender in the Nascar All Star Open.