2020 NASCAR All Star Race - 7/15/20 Nascar Cup Series Picks, Odds, and Prediction
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2020 NASCAR All Star Race
7/15/20 8:30pm EST
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The Nascar Cup Series makes way to the Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday evening for the All Star Race. Bristol will be hosting the All Star Race for the first time, and race fans couldn’t be more excited. Four stages will make up the All Star Race, and the distances will go 55 laps, 35 laps, 35 laps, 15 laps. Caution laps will not count in the final 15 lap stage. The field will not be inverted after any of the stages, and we should see a race for the records on Wednesday evening.
Here are a 5 drivers to consider for The All Star Race.
Chase Elliott +500- Elliott has been solid at almost every track we have been to in the 2020 season, but he has not put together a handful of finishes. Chase came close to winning the race at Bristol back in May, but he and Joey Logano wrecked each other on the final lap. Chase led 88 laps of the 500 laps in May, and he had the 3rd best quality pass percentage at 100%. Chase has the 5th best average driver rating of 97.2 over the last 7 races at Bristol, and he will have a solid shot to win on Wednesday.
Denny Hamlin +700- Denny finished a disappointing 17th in the 2020 Food City 500 in May. Denny led 131 laps in the previous race, and that was the most by any driver. Denny won the Night Race back in August of 2019, passing Matt DiBenedetto with 11 laps left in the race. Denny has the 3rd best average driver rating of 99.4 over the last 7 Bristol races. Hamlin races aggressively, and I will consider him for the All Star Race.
Brad Keselowski +800- Keselowski won Food City 500 back in May of this year after Chase Elliott and Joey Logano crashed in turn 3 on the final lap. Brad led 115 laps, and had 32 fastest laps with the best driver rating of 120.5 back in May 2020. Brad has 3 wins in his Cup career at Bristol, and 7 top 5 finishes over a total of 21 races. Brad tends to show up at the end of races, and with strategy we should see him contending towards the end of the All Star Race on Wednesday.
Ryan Blaney +1000- Blaney will start the All Star Race from the 3th position. I love this track position for Ryan, and I hope he can chose the outside lane at the start of the race to claim 2nd right away. On paper, Blaney has struggled at Bristol recently and this has been due to bad luck. 2018 Food City 500, Blaney led 100 laps before an accident took him out of the race. Blaney was also taken out early in the 2020 Food City 500, led 60 laps, and finished 2nd in the first stage. I think Blaney has a solid shot to win the All Star Race on Wednesday evening, will have a little action in.
Jimmie Johnson +2000- Jimmie is my long shot play for the All Star Race on Wednesday evening. Jimmie finished 3rd back in May of this year at Bristol, great finish for starting 24th. Jimmie quietly has the 4th best average driver rating at Bristol of 98.1 over the last 7 races at Bristol. Johnson won the 2017 Food City 500 and followed that up with 2 more top 5 finishes at Bristol since. The 2020 All Star Race will most like be Jimmie’s last, and I think he has a shot to win Wednesday evening.