2019 Daytona 500 Betting Odds and Race Preview

2019 Daytona 500 Betting Odds and Race Preview

A very tight field takes to the track this Sunday at 2:30 pm EST as the 2019 Daytona 500 sets off the new NASCAR season. Brad Keselowski is the favorite so far at +800 odds, but last year’s title holder Joey Logano is right behind him along with Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, and Kevin Harvick. In total, there are nine racers with +1200 odds or better on our sportsbook.

Keselowski is the favorite despite not having the best record at Daytona in recent attempts. He has suffered accidents in the last four Daytona 500s, all of which prevented him from finishing. He also finished eighth in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Standings last season with three wins. This year he will be racing the No. 2 Team Penske Ford Mustang.


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Keselowski did not mince words about his feelings towards winning the race.



“Daytona is, the 500, one major I don’t have - I feel like it’s a race we’ve been competitive at. We had opportunities to win it. For a number of reasons, it hasn’t come together, which is sometimes unsettling. People ask me all the time, ‘what race is the one that got away?’ It’s the 500, so far. I want to change that.”


As for the rest of the field, there are several interesting cases to be made for potential winners. 


To start, Martin Truex Jr is a good bet for anyone willing to take a risk for a huge payday. Truex is on a new racing team this year after having won four races in last year’s competition and finishing second in the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Standings. He has not had the best success at Daytona, however. He has an accident-riddled past at the track but did place second at the 2016 race and set the fastest lap in practice sessions. He currently sits at +1800 odds on our sportsbook.


Meanwhile, Last year’s NASCAR champ Joey Logano shares the same odds as Keselowski to win Sunday’s race; he finished fourth last year and won the race as recently as 2015.


Stewart-Hass driver Clint Bowyer is right behind Keselowski and Logano in odds; he is coming off a successful 2018 season in which he finished 12th in points after 4 top 15 finishes in his first 5 races. He also nabbed wins in Martinsville and Michigan last season. 


Harvick and Hamlin are right there in the mix, thanks to their strong performances in recent competition. Hamlin finished 3rd at Daytona last year after winning in 2016 and has won over 30 NASCAR cup races in his career. Harvick is the third-winningest driver in Xfinity Series history with 47 checkered flags on his resume, including a 2007 win at Daytona.

Also in the mix is the 21-year-old pole position holder and reigning rookie of the year William Byron, who, along with 25-year-old teammate Alex Bowman will make up the youngest front row in Daytona 500 history. While the achievement is impressive for these young men, there is a caveat in that the pole position has not won the race since 2000, when Dale Jarret took the checkered flag.