Daytona 500 Betting Odds Hit Sportsbooks Ahead of Sunday’s Race

After the NFL’s big game resulted in historic fireworks, NASCAR fans are hoping to see the same at this year’s “Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing” when the checkered flag flies.

Taking place at Daytona on February 26, the 59th running of the Daytona 500 signals the start of NASCAR’s 2017 season. With a 42-car field comprised of the best stock car drivers on the planet, the Daytona 500 is a spectacle unlike any other.

Another reason for sports bettors to sweat the action from Daytona Beach, Florida is the relative unpredictability of NASCAR racing.

With 42 drivers listed by Bovada as contenders for the sport’s most prestigious title – including legends of the sport, ascendant superstars, rookies, and extreme longshots – a late surge from an unexpected figure can return enormous rewards for very little risk.

Consider last year’s race, when Denny Hamlin overcame +900 odds to notch his first win in the game’s greatest race. And back in 2011 a fresh-faced 20-year-old rookie named Trevor Bayne overcome the longest odds on the board to become the youngest Daytona 500 winner ever.

Value is the name of the game in NASCAR racing, and this year offers no shortage of sleeper picks to consider.

As defending champion, Hamlin (+1200) has additional pressure to bear, but he can be backed at great odds with seven drivers ahead of him at Bovada.

Veteran driver Martin Truex Jr. (+1600) is coming off the best year of his decade-long career, having racked up four wins – more than he had in nine years prior – so momentum may be on his side.

Another sleeper to watch is Austin Dillon (+3300), who is winless in his 121 career starts. That’s not a good sign, of course, but he does own a pole position at Daytona International Speedway from 2014, and finished ninth in the 500 last year.

If chalk is more your game, you can’t go wrong with either of the two favorites. Both Brad Keselowski (+600) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+600) finished within fractions of a second from pole-sitter Chase Elliott (+1200) during Sunday’s qualifying.

For Earnhardt Jr. especially, winning this year’s Daytona 500 would be something special indeed – elevating him into an elite club of three-time (or more) champions.

See below for the full listing of Daytona 500 odds found at Bovada:

2017 Daytona 500 Odds @ Bovada

Driver (Number) Daytona 500 Odds on 2/21
Brad Keselowski (#2) +600
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (#88) +600
Joey Logano (#22) +800
Jimmie Johnson (#48) +1000
Kevin Harvick (#4) +1000
Kyle Busch (#18) +1000
Chase Elliott (#24) +1200
Denny Hamlin (#11) +1200
Matt Kenseth (#20) +1400
Martin Truex Jr. (#78) +1600
Clint Bowyer (#14) +1800
Kyle Larson (#42) +2000
Kurt Busch (#41) +2200
Daniel Suarez (#19) +2500
Jamie McMurray (#1) +2800
Austin Dillon (#3) +3300
Erik Jones (#77) +3300
Kasey Kahne (#5) +3300
Ryan Blaney (#21) +4000
Danica Patrick (#10) +5000
Ryan Newman (#31) +5000
Trevor Bayne (#6) +5000
Paul Menard (#27) +6600
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (#17) +6600
A.J. Allmendinger (#47) +7500
Aric Almirola (#43) +7500
Chris Buescher (#37) +10000
Ty Dillon (#13) +10000
Elliott Sadler (#7) +10000
Michael Waltrip (#15) +10000
Joey Gase (#23) +10000
Jeffrey Earnhardt (#33) +15000
Landon Cassill (#34) +15000
David Ragan (#38) +15000
Brendan Gaughan (#75) +15000
Michael McDowell (#95) +15000
Matt DiBendetto (#32) +20000
Timmy Hill (#51) +20000
Reed Sorenson (#55) +20000
Corey Lajoie (#83) +20000
Cole Whitt (#72) +20000
D.J. Kennington +20000