NASCAR Daytona 500 Betting Preview and Predictions

Daytona International Speedway - 2020 Daytona 500 Logo

Let’s go raccccinnnn!!

It has been far far too long since we have heard the yoom yoom y-yoom zip through our flat screens.

The NASAR season is rather unique in that the biggest race of the entire season is also the first race of the entire season.

The Daytona 500 goes way back to when the cars were literally racing on the sand.

You could say the sport has evolved over the years but then again, I think they got it right the first time.

Anyhow, here we are and NASCAR is once again pressured to increase ticket sales and television views.

It’s tough for these guys sometimes.

These darn kids don’t have any patience anymore!

Ok, Boomer…

Seriously, though. Watching a NASCAR race requires some patience. There can be some really boring minutes but at any moment, you could see something you’ve never seen before.

There isn’t much of a progression and many Americans seem to be enamored with the word progression.

Even when you’re mindlessly scrolling, subconsciously you are progressing through your feed while in reality, you aren’t doing much other than wasting time not betting on sports.

So, you don’t have to watch the race if you don’t want to. I recommend at least tuning in for the final 50 laps, though. How about betting on a winner? Yes! Of course!

BetOnline.AG has the odds this week for us. Let’s make our pick to win the Daytona 500.

Denny Hamlin

These are some seriously good odds for any Denny Hamlin race much less the Daytona 500 which he won last year.

His odds to win most of the races he was in last year were around +500 and he paid several times. The Championship wasn’t to be in 2019, though.

The last time we saw Denny, he was helping his teammate Kyle Busch celebrate his Monster Energy Cup Series Title.

Man, Kyle sure backdoored everyone last year. I wanted to pick him just because I had a feeling but it was so hard to come off of Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr.

2020 could very well be a career year for Hamlin. His car is very very fast and not really trimmed out either. His team ran a great race last year when he got his victory and I know they can do the same this Sunday.

In 28 starts at Daytona, Denny has 9 top-five finishes including a pair of victories.

There isn’t another current driver other than Jimmie Johnson that can say they have fared better at Daytona than Hamlin.

What more do you need, guys? He’s already shown he has a bullet on wheels for a racecar, he is in his mental and physical prime, and he’s on the best team in NASCAR.

Erik Jones

I’m looking at value here with Erik. He was my boy last year. Erik finally got that big win at Darlington after coming in runner up or third seemingly countless times throughout the season.

In just 6 appearances at Daytona, Erik has 3 top tens and 2 top fives including a victory.

With the speed he has shown in the prior week, Jones is an easy bet for me here.

He, undoubtedly, has the most value on the board.

After winning the Busch Clash and finishing 6th at the Duel, Jones appears to have mentally recovered from what was a very disappointing end to the 2019 season.

Austin Dillon

Alright, you got me. I’m going full Pat McAfee and punting my way to victory. Hopeful victory, that is.

It’s the first drive of the year and we don’t really know where the nuts and bolts will fall in this race for rubber and asphalt.

Austin Dillon does his best work at Daytona. I think most fans are aware of that. He might not be doing a lot of best level work lately but remains a threat at the beach.

He has been consistent and successful here. That says a lot when you are hard-pressed to find any active driver with an average finishing position of 16th or better.

Daytona is very unforgiving like that. 1 win, 2 top fives, and a very impressive 7 top tens in just 13 starts at Daytona for Austin.

He’s worth a few bucks at 40 to 1.

In Conclusion

We never really know what’s going to happen at Daytona. We have to face it. That’s one of the main reasons we love the Great American Race as much as we do.

Austin Dillon won here two years ago. I think he is more than worth a few dollars at (+4000).

Denny Hamlin has won here two of the past four years and his betting odds probably won’t exceed (+600) for the majority of the season. The fact that we are getting him at 9 to 1 makes this is must bet.

And for Erik Jones, it would be great to see him do it. Not just for the tremendous return on our investment but because he had some really bad luck in the 2019 playoffs.

Get your bets in now, guys!

The Bets
DENNY HAMLIN
+900
ERIK JONES
+2500
AUSTIN DILLON
+4000
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Mike Pruitt / Author

Mike has been covering sports professionally since 2017 but on the amateur scene for 25 years since when he was 12. Before the internet changed the world, he would keep detailed statistical box scores of NFL and NBA contests, write recaps, and voluntarily commentate games and fights alone in his room. Mike's military experience, Bachelors Degree, and employment thereafter were always rooted in engineering, science, and teaching. Now he enjoys being able to express himself through writing about football, golf, and car racing among other sports but most of all fighting as his life has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years.