Denny Hamlin’s win at the 2019 Daytona 500 set the tone for a resurgent season. Indeed, Hamlin was said to be in danger of losing his ride after an 11th place finishes for the 2018 campaign. Using his Daytona 500 win as a springboard he capped off an impressive 2019 season in fourth place. Now the question is who will be at the Daytona 500 odds. It’s not likely for Hamlin. As a matter of fact, only three drivers in history have won the Great American Race in consecutive years. The last man to do it was Sterling Marlin in 1994-95.
2020 Daytona 500
|Date and Time:||Sunday, February 16, 2020, 2:30 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida|
|Daytona 500 TV Coverage:||FOX|
|Daytona 500 Odds to win at SBG:||Joey Logano 10/1, Brad Keselowski 10/1, Kyle Busch 10/1, Denny Hamlin 10/1, Chase Elliott 12/1, Kevin Harvick 12/1, Ryan Blaney 14/1, Martin Truex Jr 14/1, Kurt Busch 20/1, William Byron 25/1, Clint Bowyer 25/1, Aric Almirola 25/1, Matt Di Benedetto 25/1, Alex Bowman 25/1, Jimmie Johnson 25/1, Erik Jones 30/1, Ricky Stenhouse Jr 30/1, Ryan Newman 30/1, Kyle Larson 30/1, Austin Dillon 30/1, All others 60/1 or higher|
Daytona 500 History and Overview
Since its inception in 1959, the Daytona 500 is the biggest race of the NASCAR season. Additionally, it serves as the opening race of the year. Known as “The Great American Race” it annually draws the biggest television audience of any race in the United States. Richard “The King” Petty is the all-time winner with seven Daytona 500 championships. Specifically, Dale Earnhardt’s offshore bookmaker win in 1998 is the most memorable and favorite for millions of fans. The Daytona 500 has often been a wild card race with upset winners. As an example, Trevor Bayne was a 2011 shocker.
Recent Daytona 500 Winners
Last year, Hamlin won the Daytona 500 for the second time in four years. Austin Dillon was the 2018 winner with Kurt Busch taking the checkered flag in 2017. Before Busch were Joey Logano, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. Let’s now review top contenders.
Dillon’s 2018 win was no accident. To show he has seven top-ten finishes in 13 career starts at Daytona. Dillon’s average finish at Daytona is 15/1. Dillon finished 21st in the standings for 2019. His best season was 2017 with an 11th place finish.
Hamlin finished in the top ten of the standings for the fifth time in the last six years for 2019. Specifically, at Daytona, Hamlin has 28 career starts with two wins, nine top tens, and an average finish of 17.4.
Harvick remains dominant after finishing third in the standings last year. Correlate has finished third or better in seven of the last nine seasons. At Daytona Harvick has two wins and 15 top-ten finishes in 37 career start with an average finish of 17.8.
On the whole, the seven-time champion will begin his final season before retirement on Sunday. Johnson has three wins at Daytona in 36 career starts with 16 top tens and an average finish of 17.9.
Daytona 500 Odds Free Picks
Cause by just one career win at Daytona in 29 career starts does Kyle Busch figure to be dangerously due. Busch is the defending Cup champion and the best driver in the sport. Look for Busch to outperform his record with the Daytona 500 odds.
Daytona 400 Odds Online Pick: Kyle Busch