Although The Clash took place just last Sunday, the real NASCAR Season only starts once drivers rev their engines up for the Daytona 500. This year’s 2019 Daytona 500 shows favoritism falling onto 3 drivers: Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin.
All 3 have what it takes to win NASCAR’s most famous race. Will Brad, Joey, or Denny take it? Or, will a dog show up to ruin one of the favorite’s champagne and trophy lifting party? Let’s take a look at the NASCAR odds for the big race.
2019 Daytona 500 Odds, Predictions & Pick
- Brad Keselowski +800
- Joey Logano +800
- Denny Hamlin +1000
- Clint Bowyer +1200
- Kevin Harvick +1200
- Chase Elliott +1200
- Aric Almirola +1200
- Ryan Blaney +1200
- Kyle Busch +1500
- Kurt Busch +1500
- Martin Truex Jr. +1800
- Daniel Suarez +2000
- Erik Jones +2000
- Jimmie Johnson +2000
- Alex Bowman +2000
- Austin Dillon +3500
- Kyle Larson +3500
- Paul Menard +3500
- Field +1200
Which favored driver has the best shot of taking the checkered flag: Logano, Keselowski, or Hamlin?
Hamlin always has a shot to win the Daytona 500. He took the checkered flag back in 2016, and finished third behind Darrell Wallace Jr. and Austin Dillon last year. He also offers the best betting odds of the three.
But, Denny doesn’t appear ready to take the trophy on Sunday. In The Clash last week he finished seventeenth of twenty. That’s not a good sign because NASCAR changed some rules to put more of an emphasis on drivers this year.
Keselowski finished worse than Denny last Sunday. He clocked in at eighteenth. Neither of those guys looks as primed to win on Feb. 17 as Monster Energy Cup Champion Joey Logano. If you’re looking to back chalk, go with Joey, who finished third in the clash behind Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson.
Of the +1200 to +2000 choices, which driver has the best shot to win the 2019 Daytona 500?
The two Busch brothers offer the same odds, +1500. Of the two, the easy pick is Kurt Busch. He finished second in The Clash last year and won the Daytona 500 in 2017. Some drivers excel over restrictor plate courses. The older Busch is one of those drivers. Kurt should finish ahead of Kyle. He’ll get into the Top 10 with about 20 laps to go. That should give Kurt an opportunity to win.
Is the Field worth a look at +1200?
Because William Byron won the pole and doesn’t offer odds separate from the field, yes, the field’s worth a look. However, if you accept odds on the Field at +1200, you’re pretty much accepting odds on Byron at +1200.
No other driver in the field will probably win on Sunday.
Which team has the best chance of producing the 2019 Daytona 500 winner?
Last year, Hendrick Motorsports was thoroughly embarrassed. During the short offseason, they sent Chad Knaus to William Byron’s team, put Kevin Meendering onto Jimmie Johnson’s team, and made a point to emphasize that what happened in 2018 is unacceptable.
So far, the changes have worked. Jimmie won The Clash while Byron starts on the pole on Sunday. Bowman starts on the other pole. So, of Hendrick’s 4 drivers: Jimmie Johnson, William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman, they’ve already got a victory and two pole win. Any of the 4 could win the Daytona 500 on Sunday.