Daytona betting handicapping begins by looking at the top contending drivers for the Daytona 500.
There are a handful of drivers that really stand out in Daytona betting. Let’s take a look at each of them and their chances in the 2008 Daytona 500. Daytona betting starts by looking at the pole sitter, Jimmy Johnson. He is the two-time defending Cup Champion and he also won the Daytona 500 in 2006. He is a serious threat in Daytona 500 betting in any race and is one of the Daytona betting favorites.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has become the hot pick in Daytona betting this week. He won the Bud shootout and the first Gatorade Duel. He looks very strong and is the popular choice by many gamblers in Daytona betting. He knows how to do well at Daytona and is one of the restrictor plate experts. He has two wins and nine top 10s in 16 starts.
Jeff Gordon is always a threat in Daytona betting. He hasn’t finished as well in the past couple of years at Daytona but he is always a threat in NASCAR betting.
Toyota has some serious contenders in the race this year. Tony Stewart really wants to win the 500 and is a serious Daytona betting contender.
In the past six races at Daytona he has led the most laps. There are three other Toyotas that are worth mentioning in Daytona betting. Michael Waltrip starts outside of the front row and is a past Daytona champ and always does well in restrictor plate races. Kyle Busch has finished second in the past two Pepsi 400’s at Daytona and is racing with a new team in Joe Gibbs Racing. Denny Hamlin starts on the outside of the second row in a Toyota and already proved he can win as he took the second Gatorade Duel. Hamlin is also a solid choice in Daytona betting.
History does not favor last year’s champ Kevin Harvick in NASCAR betting. Only three times in history has a driver won back-to-back Daytona 500 races and Harvick’s Daytona betting odds are in the double-digits.
The Roush drivers are really getting overlooked in NASCAR betting. Kurt Busch starts last in the field. Carl Edwards starts 11th and Matt Kenseth starts well back in the field.
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