NASCAR betting on the Daytona 500 attracts gamblers from all over the world. Daytona 500 odds are available each February as the first regular race of the NASCAR season. Daytona 500 odds are often volatile since the Daytona 500 involves restrictor plate racing. On February 22, 1959, Daytona International Speedway hosted the first Daytona 500. A field of 59 cars took the green flag for that race before a crowd of 41,000.
The finish as experts of Daytona 500 odds remember was too close to call. Johnny Beauchamp went to Victory Lane but 61 hours later, Lee Petty was declared the winner. The Daytona 500 is the biggest race in NASCAR betting. “The Great American Race” had the highest total payout in prize money for any auto racing event in the U.S. Daytona 500 odds saw Kevin Harvick win in 2007 and pick up more than $1.5 million. “Winning a race during Speedweeks, it makes you quite a bit more valuable, I think, in the sport as a driver”, said Dale Earnhardt Jr., “Winning any race at Daytona, it’s like going into Yankee Stadium and winning a game. It further solidifies you as a driver”.
Daytona 500 odds oftentimes have Earnhardt Jr. as one of the NASCAR betting favorites. Other favorites in Daytona 500 odds are Jimmy Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart. NASCAR betting on the Daytona 500 involves restrictor plate racing which means anything can happen. The drivers are bunched up together for the majority of the race and it really turns into a crapshoot before the end. It makes for great NASCAR betting excitement but it is also tough to handicap the Daytona 500 odds. With all of the cars being similar there are some possibilities for upsets on the Daytona 500 odds board. That doesn’t mean a favorite can’t win in Daytona 500 odds; it just means there are better chances for underdogs in this race on the Daytona 500 odds board.