Gut check time, NASCAR betting fans. The Daytona 500 odds are here and you have to make your pick. Quick – who will it be? There are so many factors for online betting fans to consider, from past champions, to general success at Daytona International Speedway, to age, to recent Sprint Cup success. Here are some names to think about at your sportsbook before Sunday.
Why: He’s arguably the sport’s most dominant driver today, with three straight Sprint Cup titles and a victory in the 2006 Daytona 500 line. He also has eight career top 10s and five career top fives at Daytona, so he’s comfortable there.
Why not: His last two results in the Daytona 500 odds were disastrous. What if they’re the start of a trend?
Why: He’s the next big thing and even his fellow drivers are endorsing him like crazy. At age 23, he already has eight starts at Daytona International Speedway, including one win and four top fives.
Why not: What happens if he’s leading late in the race? Can he handle the pressure of trying to win his first Daytona 500 line?
Why: He seems to be Jimmie Johnson’s greatest threat right now, having won nine times in 2008. He also finished second at his most recent Daytona race (the Coke Zero 400), so he’s gaining confidence at this track.
Why not: Overall, his track record at Daytona is less than stellar, particularly in the Great American Race; he’s never cracked the top 10 in the Daytona 500 line.
Why: No active racer has a better Daytona track record than Gordon, who won the Daytona 500 in 1997, 1999 and 2005.
Why not: He’s in the worst slump of his NASCAR betting career right now, fresh off his first winless season since 1993. What if he’s starting the twilight of his racing days?
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