It's the 50th Daytona 500 and there are a number of drivers that could be a factor in Daytona 500 betting. Daytona 500 betting shows that there are a number of strong contenders. The favorite in the race is the pole sitter, Jimmy Johnson. He has only been the winner in Daytona 500 betting once, in 2006 but he has dominated NASCAR betting for the past couple of years.
Johnson has won the Cup Series championship the past two seasons. Only one driver in history has won the Cup Championship three times and that was Cale Yarborough from 1976-78. How have drivers coming off back-to-back titles fared at Daytona? Statistics say they do pretty well. The average finish for drivers coming off back-to-back Cup titles is 6.75. Daytona 500 betting odds have Johnson at anywhere from 3-1 to 6-1 for this year’s race.
There are some other drivers that will be pushing Johnson on the Daytona 500 betting board. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the hot pick of the week in Daytona 500 betting. He won the Bud Shootout and the first Gatorade Duel and gamblers have jumped all over him in Daytona 500 betting. He is down to 3-1 to win the race. Another logical contender on the board is Jeff Gordon. He is about 5-1 in NASCAR betting odds this week. Also in the hunt is Tony Stewart. He is also about 5-1 in Daytona 500 betting odds. Another driver that is getting some attention on the Daytona 500 betting board is Denny Hamlin. He has odds of about 9-1.
If you are looking for value you really can’t take anyone on that list. Double-digit odds are almost a must when you talk about NASCAR betting value. And there are some drivers that can win the 500 that have value. You might want to look at Kyle Busch who has had a great week of practice and has Daytona 500 betting odds of about 15-1. Matt Kenseth should be a real threat at odds of anywhere from 12-1 to 25-1. Defending champ Kevin Harvick also has double digit odds as does Michael Waltrip who is part of the field on many Daytona 500 betting boards.