Jimmie Johnson – Jimmie Johnson is a two-time winner of the All-Star race (2003 & 2006). Among participants in this years race Jimmie Johnson has the best driver rating (108.9) and he’s ran the most quick laps (126) (stats over last seven years). I think Johnson is a good bet in this race. The #48 is quick over short runs and that’s the key to victory. In past All-Star races long runs were his achilles heel but they certainly won’t be this year with the new format. Johnson has won six points paying races at Charlotte. Last year at Charlotte Jimmie Johnson was good in both races. Last fall he was poised to finish in the top ten but while racing with Ryan Newman he lost control of his car (video). In the spring race Jimmie Johnson was going to finish around 10th but his engine blew up with a few laps remaining.
Kyle Busch – Kyle Busch has never won the All-Star but he’s had strong showings. In last years All-Star race Kyle Busch finished second behind Carl Edwards. With the exception of California the #18 team is lagging on intermediate tracks this year. On this track type they have consistently performed right around 10th. One big advantage for Kyle Busch in the All-Star race is how good the #18 team is on pit road. Kyle Busch is one of the quickest drivers on pit road and his pit crew is the best in the business. In the last seven All-Star races no driver has led more laps then Kyle Busch.