Last year it was Kevin Harvick winning for gamblers involved in NASCAR betting. This year’s race has the normal favorites but with restrictor plate races anything can happen and Daytona 500 betting is wide open. Daytona 500 betting last year saw Harvick win at double-digit odds as he came out of the pack on the final lap to edge out Mark Martin at the finish line.
Repeating as Daytona 500 champ will not be easy for Harvick, especially considering he didn’t do much else last year and has been weak in testing this season.
A driver that is already popular in Daytona 500 betting is Dale Earnhardt Jr. He has a new team in Henrick Motorsports and a new winning attitude. He was the fastest of all the teams that tested with a top speed of 185.820 mph.
Surprisingly, the Toyotas swept the next five spots in testing led by Dave Blaney and Michael Waltrip. Daytona 500 betting odds will show that Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Johnson and Jr. are the three NASCAR betting favorites in the race. Not far behind is Tony Stewart in Daytona 500 betting odds. Harvick would be the fifth choice in Daytona 500 betting odds followed by Kurt and Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman.
Newman was at the top of the speed charts during the first drafting session at Daytona and could be an interesting Daytona 500 betting choice. Other top cars belong to the Toyotas of Waltrip and Jarrett. Both Waltrip and Jarrett could be solid choices on the Daytona 500 betting odds board. Both are former champs and have shown excellent speed in early testing sessions.
Last year 61 cars tried to qualify and that really means that 24 cars will race for six starting spots since many of the spots are already taken. As you look at Daytona 500 betting you may want to look for drivers outside of the top five in NASCAR betting odds. The Daytona 500 is such a bunched up race that anyone can win. Unlike other NASCAR betting races where a driver like Jimmy Johnson will dominate, luck and avoiding crashes is very important at Daytona and will be a major factor in which driver wins in Daytona 500 betting.