The truth is that any of the 16 drivers already locked into the NASCAR All-Star Race have the potential to pull off the win. Especially, if we see a wreck-fest with a mix of strategy around Goodyear’s Option tire. Add in the fact that we’re paying tribute to the 25th anniversary of “One Hot Night” and that the daytime temperature with top 90 degrees and its bound to be a thriller of a day at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
We’re going to be bold with these picks and take two drivers from the Open who have the potential to advance and then pull the upset in the main event.
Here’s your five who can win:
1 Kyle Larson
There are several reasons why Larson should be a favorite to win the All-Star Race. 1.) He’s been the most consistent driver through the first 11 races and holds the points lead. 2.) He nearly won the All-Star Race last year after driving his way in through the Open. 3.) He sits on the pole for the race.
On second thought, the All-Star Race is honoring One Hot Night, where Kyle Petty finished second in the No. 42 and we know how Larson has a knack for runner-up finishes.
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The All-Star Race is an exhibition event for the fans of the sport. What better way to please the fans than by the 14-time Most Popular Driver winning in his final appearance in the event, at the track he grew up only a few miles down the road from.
He’s still looking for his first win this season and turned the fastest laps in qualifying, only to lose out to Larson because his crew had a faster pit stop. With this only being a 70-lap race, there likely won’t be enough time for Busch to drop off from having a dominant car as he has in several races this season.
4 Ryan Blaney
Yes, my next two choices aren’t even in the field yet but I like to be bold. Much like Larson did last year, there’s no reason Blaney can’t win a stage in the Open and advance to the All-Star Race. From there, the right strategy and use of the Option tire provides a perfect opportunity for Blaney to grab a victory.
5 Chase Elliott
In Elliott’s last race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he had a dominant car that looked poised to win the Bank of America 500 before getting into trouble on a late restart. If he doesn’t win the Fan Vote, he has the capability to win a stage and advance to the All-Star Race. Once in the main event, it’s checkers or wreckers.