Let’s consider some key factors to remember as you look at Daytona 500 betting this year. Daytona 500 betting is unpredictable. That is the first big tip to remember. The Daytona 500 is a restrictor plate race which means it is basically a bunch of cars together hoping to avoid a crash.
Daytona 500 betting facts tell us that no drivers have every won the Daytona 500 in their first appearance. So you can throw out Dario Franchitti as a possible winner even with Ashley Judd on his side. You can probably throw out defending champ Kevin Harvick in Daytona 500 betting as well since only three drivers in history have won back-to-back 500’s. There are three former Indy 500 winners in the race and none look like they have a chance in Daytona 500 betting.
Save your money in NASCAR betting and avoid Franchitti, Sam Hornish Jr. and Juan Montoya. Usually it takes experience to win the Daytona 500. The average number of starts in the race before a driver wins is just over 6. The one driver that is making his sixth start in the race is Martin Truex Jr. Two drivers will be making their seventh start: Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards and both are interesting choices in NASCAR betting.
If you are looking at Daytona 500 betting and considering Jimmy Johnson there is some history on your side. Nine times the Daytona 500 has been won from the pole. If you are looking at a serious stat in Daytona 500 betting then consider that more than half (26 of 49) of the Daytona 500s have been won from a top-five starting spot.
If you are considering that last Daytona 500 betting tip then here are the five drivers that have the best chance to win. Jimmy Johnson sits on the pole and is about 3-1 in Daytona 500 betting odds. Michael Waltrip is on the outside of the front row and has great Daytona 500 betting odds of 20-1 or more. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has become the hot pick in NASCAR betting this week and his odds have dropped to 3-1. Denny Hamlin starts on the outside of the second row and his odds are about 10-1. Reed Sorensen starts 5th and his odds are part of the field in most Daytona 500 betting pools.