It will be the 50th running of the Daytona 500 and should present excellent NASCAR betting excitement and great Daytona 500 odds. Daytona 500 betting for the Daytona 500 this year will have a number of drivers as contenders led by defending Cup Champion Jimmy Johnson. Other contenders in NASCAR betting are Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and defending Daytona 500 champ Kevin Harvick.
Many gamblers look at Daytona 500 odds as the best race for NASCAR betting options. In addition to Daytona 500 odds on drivers to win the race there are a number of other options including driver matchups. NASCAR betting odds involving matchups will pit one driver against another on the NASCAR betting board. In order to win a matchup you just need the driver you choose to finish better than the other driver.
NASCAR is the only sport that begins its season with what is considered the biggest race of the season and the Daytona 500 odds reflect that fact. "The Daytona 500 has made stock-car racing what it is today. It is the premier stock-car race", said driver Kevin Harvick. One of the NASCAR betting favorites, Jeff Gordon has won the Daytona 500 three times in 1997, 1999 and 2005. "It's a huge honor to know that you've won this race three times", Gordon said. "When you look at the list of names of guys who have won it ... it's a pretty elite group to be a part of". Another favorite in NASCAR betting is Tony Stewart. "The big three to me are obviously the championship, Indy and here", said Stewart, "We have two of those knocked down. The 500 is still missing off that list. The Daytona 500 is the number one priority on that list”.
NASCAR betting odds for the 2008 race will be similar to past years with Gordon, Johnson, Stewart and Earnhardt Jr. as three of the favorites. Possible darkhorses in NASCAR betting odds are Martin Truex Jr. who is with the DEI team that normally does well at Daytona, Matt Kenseth who always seems to be in the hunt and defending champion Kevin Harvick.