NASCAR Betting – Daytona 500 Odds and Preview 2020

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The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series gets started this weekend in the Sunshine state with the first of 26 regular season races ahead of the Cup Championship Playoffs. You typically don’t see a sports’ signature event start a season, but NASCAR isn’t your typical sport. As it has since 1982, the Daytona 500, long viewed as the most important race on the NASCAR calendar, lifts the lid on the new season. Defending champ and two-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin, along with Joey Logano and Chase Elliott, opened as the betting favorites. Check out the complete list of odds and make your wager on the Super Bowl of stock car racing at BookMaker.eu.

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Daytona 500

Date and Time: Sunday, February 16, 2020, 2:30 p.m. ET

Location: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL

Opening Daytona 500 Odds:  Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott +1000

Daytona 500 TV Coverage: FOX

Odds Analysis

The best drivers in the world will start their engines on Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway. Hamlin looks to become the first repeat champion since Sterling Marlin in 1994 and 1995, and he can join select company with only five drivers winning at least three times. Bobby Allison, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Gordon each have a trio of victories. Legendary Richard Petty is the all-time leader with seven followed by Cale Yarbrough with four.

Hamlin had the fifth-fastest qualifying lap conceding the pole position to Ricky Stenhouse. Alex Bowman also earned a front-row starting spot for the third straight year. Earning the pole gives drivers a clear view of what’s in front of them, but it’s been of little value here over the years. The last pole position winner to claim victory at this race was Dale Jarrett 20 years ago.

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Joey Logano +1000

Denny Hamlin +1000

Chase Elliott +1000

Brad Keselowski +1100

Kyle Busch +1200

Ryan Blaney +1300

Martin Truex Jr +1400

Kevin Harvick +1500

Alex Bowman +2000

Kurt Busch +2200

Ricky Stenhouse Jr +2200

Jimmie Johnson +2200

Matt Dibenedetto +2200

William Byron +2400

Clint Bowyer +2500

Erik Jones +2500

Aric Almirola +2700

Kyle Larson +3200

Christopher Bell +3200

Ryan Newman +3300

Austin Dillon +4000

Cole Custer +4000

Tyler Reddick +4500

Chris Buescher +5000

Darrell Wallace Jr +6000

TY Dillon +6000

Paul Menard +8000

Brennan Poole +10000

Ryan Preece +10000

Field - (Any Other Driver) +2000


Of the 22 drivers listed at 40/1 or lower, seven of them have won the Daytona 500. Of those seven, Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson have won the race twice, so that puts them in elite status. It doesn’t mean they’re going to win the race, but it sure gives them an edge over the field. And Hamlin’s success is a major reason why he opened as a tri-favorite. He’s won the race twice since 2016, including his 32nd NASCAR Cup Series victory here last year. Over the last six races Hamlin also has a runner-up, third-, and fourth-place finish, giving him plenty of winning experience in the biggest race on the circuit.

Last year’s NASCAR Cup Series Drivers Champion Kyle Busch is the owner of several records over his career, yet he’s never won the Daytona 500. He says not winning the Great American Race won’t tarnish his legacy, but a victory certainly would help it. And family gatherings have to be a sore spot for him since older brother Kurt won the Daytona 500 in 2017.

Kyle Busch won the Cup Series last year, but Martin Truex Jr. was a close second and arguably the hottest rider at the end of the season. Truex has never won the Daytona 500 and finished a disappointing 35th last year, but he recovered to win seven races, including three in the last 10 events, and 23 of his 26 career NASCAR wins have come in the last four years.


Riding with a chip on his shoulder makes Stenhouse a dangerous man. Unceremoniously let go by the only NASCAR team he’s ever driven for, Stenhouse immediately caught on with JTG-Daugherty Racing and gained the spotlight with the fastest qualifying lap to grab the pole. “I think there’s a handful of us that feel like we have something to prove,” Stenhouse said after getting his new Camaro to 194.58 MPH.

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The fastest car doesn’t always win. The biggest winners Sunday are the drivers that finish the race. Less than half the cars that started completed every lap last year, so determining who survives the three-hour thrill ride helps in nailing a winner. Unfortunately, that’s impossible. One driver determined to finish and determined to win is Kyle Busch, that’s why he’s my pick to claim his first Daytona 500.

Dayton 500 Prediction: Kyle Busch

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