2019 NASCAR All-Star Race picks, predictions: Fade Kyle Busch, back Kevin Harvick at Charlotte

Saturday night's 2019 NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway isn't worth points in the Cup Series title chase. But with $1 million going to the winner, it is annually one of the most intense and exciting races of the season. The race begins at 8 p.m. ET with 19 drivers vying for one very large check. The 2019 NASCAR All-Star Race field includes every winner from 2018 and 2019, plus past All-Star Race and Cup series champions. Kyle Busch, who won this race in 2017 and has three victories this season, is the favorite at 5-1 in the 2019 NASCAR All-Star Race odds. Brad Keselowski, the other driver with three wins in 2019, is one of four drivers at 7-1, along with defending All-Star Race champion Kevin Harvick, series points leader Joey Logano and Chase Elliott. Martin Truex Jr. is right behind them at 8-1. Nobody is racing for any place other than first, so before making your own 2019 NASCAR All-Star Race picks, you'll want to see the latest NASCAR predictions from handicapper Micah Roberts, the legendary Vegas bookmaker who pioneered wagering on racing.

Those who have wagered $100 on Roberts' picks for the 15 NASCAR races are already up $2,200. It started with the very first race, as Roberts went with Jimmie Johnson as a hefty 25-1 longshot at the season-opening Advance Auto Parts Clash. The result: Johnson survived a huge crash and went on to win the rain-shortened race as Roberts' followers raked it in. At the TicketGuardian 500 in Phoenix in March, Roberts nailed Busch at 4-1 over the heavily favored Harvick, and two weeks ago at Dover he nailed Truex Jr. at 8-1. Truex won the race despite starting at the back of the field.

Roberts entered the 2019 NASCAR season after finishing big-time in the black in 2018. Those who wagered $100 on each of his picks last year have $1,750 in profit to show for it. His biggest wins came when he went against the grain, taking Keselowski at 12-1 to win the South Point 400 at Las Vegas in the opening race of the NASCAR playoffs and going with Logano, also 12-1, to take the First Data 500 at Martinsville. He also nailed four of Harvick's nine series victories and three of Busch's nine wins. Anyone who's following his picks is up huge year after year. 

Now, Roberts has analyzed the field for Saturday night's NASCAR All-Star Race 2019 and revealed his picks. You can see them at SportsLine.

One driver Roberts likes for NASCAR at Charlotte on Saturday is Harvick, who won this race in 2018 and 2007. Harvick has yet to earn a checkered flag this season, but he's been competitive with the car package being used Saturday.

"Last season's win used almost the same race package with engines producing 550 horsepower like we've seen in five races this season so far," Roberts told SportsLine. "He led the most laps (104) at Kansas last week with a similar package."

A big surprise: Roberts does not have Kyle Busch, the race favorite, in his top five. Busch won this race at 2016 but he's underperformed overall on this track in the past. Roberts likes other drivers at better odds.

"His 2016 All-Star was his first Cup win of any kind at Charlotte, which is surprising because he's had the best car there in at least five points-paying races," Roberts added.

For the win, Roberts is extremely high on a double-digit underdog with a strong shot at pulling off the upset victory. His top five and the entire leaderboard will shock many, but anyone who backs them could get a massive payday.

So who wins the 2019 NASCAR All-Star Race? And which long shot shocks NASCAR at Charlotte? Visit SportsLine now to see the projected leaderboard for the 2019 NASCAR All-Star Race from the nation's premier NASCAR handicapper, and find out.

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