This year’s all star race is at Bristol! This should lead a fun filled race as it is normally held in Charlotte. There are only 20 drivers in tonight’s race, and so far we only know 16. The Open will field the next 3 drivers and then after the Open the fan vote will be reveal the final All Star spot. This is a 140 lap race broken into 4 stages: Stage 1 55 laps, stage 2 35 laps, stage 3 35 laps and stage 4 15 laps (all run under green flag). There is also on more new thing tonight, they are doing the “choose rule” or “caution cone” method or restarts. What that means is, instead of the leader getting to pick what lane he wants (inside or outside) and the odd placed drivers starting on the inside and the even on the outside, the drivers get a spot on the track and decide what lane they want to start in, thus leading to even more strategy. You can fall into place in the preferred line, or pick the other lane and gain multiple spots off the restart, if you are able to make it work. This should lead to exciting restarts all night long.
The Field (In starting Order)
Martin Truex Jr- Truex is on the pole and should probably lead the 1st stage. But i dont think that will be enough. He normally isnt very good at Bristol and i dont think he can lead this race and win it. He is a GPP play at best.
Alex Bowman – See Truex, he is starting 2nd and there arent enough dom points to go around tonight. I think he falls back after stage 1. Once again another GPP play.
Ryan Blaney- Should come in at low ownership tonight. Blaney has been good at small tracks, and normally is very good at Bristol (throw away this season’s wreck). He is a good pivot off Truex (who i think will be chalkier than he should be).
Justin Haley- Haley is just happy to be here after his win last year. Fade as he will drop to the back and not fight for anything.
Kevin Harvick – Harvick is my favorite play in the top 5. He comes in with good track history, he is having a great year and his car always seems to be one of the best at small tracks. He is great for both cash and gpp tonight.
Matt Kenseth – Kenseth is starting to far up front for me. Hard pass on this one.
Kurt Busch- Kurt could wind up being a great play tonight. He typically is decent on short tracks and not many people will be on him. Worth a shot in GPPs in case he decides to push it for the million dollars.
Cole Custer- Cole got his first win last week and im probably going to be very low on him tonight. Wish he was starting a bit further back, but to me GPP only.
Brad Keselowski- Brad K is way underpriced here tonight. One of the best, if not the best Short track driver right now. He will be in play for the win tonight and should be high owned, so worth a fade in Bigger GPPs and hope he doesnt do well.
Kyle Busch– I mean if KB cant lead a race on the pole at a track that is hard to pass at, what do you think will happen here tonight? Kyle is normally very good at Bristol and honestly, in the bigger field GPPs, it might be wise to go a bit heavier on him. I wont have him in my main lineup, but he will be a good pivot play tonight and someone that could win this race and your GPPs.
Ryan Newman – Newman is the hardest pass in Nascar, which i think leads to his early exit. We are racing for points only for 1 million dollars and guys arent going to take it tonight. Low owned GPP play
Joey Logano – Team Penske is always good here, and Joey is no exception. Should have picked up his 3rd win here earlier this season. Joey is a great play tonight in all formats.
Chase Elliott – Chase is another great play tonight and i think he will come in a bit lowered owned due to where he is priced at. Going Chase over Denny in Gpps is a good pivot. Chase has been bad in his last 3 races here, but tonight is a bit different and he could help you get away from trains in GPps.
Jimmy Johnson – Jimmy’s last All Star race. Man i would love to see him win. But at the same time its hard to get Jimmy in any lineup with all the better plays around him. But he is in play, and he should have a solid finish tonight if he can finish the race.
Denny Hamlin – Denny is the chalk option in this price range and starting spot tonight. Cash games, just play Denny. To add to all of that, Denny has had one of the best cars all season long. Even with him being Chalky, he is still a great play with good upside.
Erik Jones – Gosh i am so tired of Erik Jones chalk. Jones is starting 16th tonight and has good upside as well. His price is nice and will provide a bit of salary help.