Kurt Busch entered last weekend in a slump, as he had gone 27 starts without winning a NASCAR Cup Series race and finished 16th or worse in six of seven outings. The former series champion ended the drought at Kansas, making it nine consecutive seasons with at least one victory on the circuit. Even though points are not at stake, Busch will try to make it back-to-back wins and claim the $1 million prize when he competes in the 2022 NASCAR All-Star Race on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. The NASCAR All-Star Race 2022 starts at 8 p.m. ET (see NASCAR tickets at StubHub).
Busch, who won this event in 2010, is 18-1, while reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson, who has won this event two of the last three years, is the 9-2 favorite in the latest 2022 NASCAR All-Star Race odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Kyle Busch is 7-1, Chase Elliott is 15-2, and William Byron and Martin Truex Jr. round out the top 2022 NASCAR All-Star Race contenders at 9-1. You'll want to check out the NASCAR at Texas predictions from Micah Roberts, the legendary Vegas bookmaker who pioneered wagering on racing, before locking in any 2022 NASCAR All-Star Race picks of your own.
Roberts, a former Vegas bookmaker, was the first to offer expanded NASCAR betting, and now hands out NASCAR winners to his followers on SportsLine. Roberts is the nation's premier NASCAR betting expert, and his top pick, Elliott, won the Jockey Made in America 250 last season.
He also correctly predicted the 2021 Coca-Cola 600 winner, hitting Larson's victory at 11-2 odds, and was on point by targeting Elliott as the winner of the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at 8-5 odds the previous week. In addition, Roberts nailed last year's GEICO 500 when he predicted Brad Keselowski to win at 14-1 odds. Anyone who has followed his picks has cashed tickets.
Now, Roberts has analyzed the field and odds for Sunday's NASCAR at Texas 2022 race, and just locked in his picks and best bets. He's only sharing his winner and projected leaderboard at SportsLine.
2022 NASCAR All-Star Race expert picks
One shocker: Roberts is low on Martin Truex Jr., even though he's one the top 2022 NASCAR All-Star Race contenders. In fact, Roberts says Truex, who has finished third or better five times at Texas, barely even cracks the top 10.
"In 32 Cup Series starts at Texas, he doesn't have a win," Roberts told SportsLine. "Truex was the King of the Cookie Cutters just a few years ago, but he missed Texas. He's never won an All-Star Race."
Another curveball: Roberts is high on Denny Hamlin, even though he is a 15-1 long shot in the latest NASCAR at Texas odds. The 41-year-old Floridian is coming off just his second top-five finish of the season, as he was fourth at Kansas last weekend. Hamlin, who won the All-Star Race in 2015 at Charlotte, has recorded three wins and seven top-fives in 31 Cup Series starts at Texas while posting six top-fives in 12 Xfinity races on the track.
"I expect to see more of what he did when he finished fourth last week at Kansas, where he appeared to make 100 passes on the day after getting penalized twice," Roberts told SportsLine. "It was an impressive run."
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Roberts is high on a long shot who is coming off his best performance of the season. This driver is being underestimated by oddsmakers, and anyone who backs him could hit it big. You can only find out who it is, and check out the rest of Roberts' NASCAR All Star Race picks, at SportsLine.
So who wins the 2022 NASCAR All-Star Race? And which long shot stuns NASCAR? Visit SportsLine now to see the 2022 NASCAR at Texas leaderboard from the nation's premier NASCAR handicapper, and find out.
2022 NASCAR All-Star Race odds, field, top contenders
Kyle Larson 9-2
Kyle Busch 7-1
Chase Elliott 15-2
William Byron 9-1
Martin Truex Jr. 9-1
Ross Chastain 10-1
Denny Hamlin 10-1
Ryan Blaney 12-1
Christopher Bell 15-1
Alex Bowman 15-1
Joey Logano 15-1
Kurt Busch 18-1
Kevin Harvick 25-1
Austin Cindric 40-1
Bubba Wallace 50-1
Chase Briscoe 60-1
Brad Keselowski 60-1
Aric Almirola 75-1
A.J. Allmendinger 100-1
Michael McDowell 300-1