We are now just a month away from the start of the 2021 NASCAR season, with the first stop of the year coming at Daytona on February 14. The Daytona 500 is certainly a fitting start to the season, as it is perhaps the most iconic race on the calendar. Getting the win at Daytona is always huge for any driver, as it has the potential to build confidence and spur them on to bigger and better things in the season ahead. It’s now time to start seriously thinking about who will win, as the odds as they are now might be the best you get. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the current favorites and where they stand in terms of the betting odds so you can start getting ready to make your bets against their NASCAR odds.
Updated Odds to Win the 2021 Daytona 500
Denny Hamlin (+700)
For most of last season, the battle for the championship looked like it might boil down to a 2-horse race between Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin. Harvick, who basically led the entire season, folded in the playoffs, and while Hamlin made it into the final four, he ended up coming up just short. He will be looking for a fast start this season and might just get it at Daytona, where he has picked up the win in 3 of his last 5 runs at the Daytona 500. He has also landed in the top 10 at Daytona in 9 of his last 14 races there. All good reasons why he is currently in as the favorite.
Joey Logano (+700)
While Logano did not have a ton of wins last season, nabbing 3 in total, he was incredibly consistent. He picked up wins at crucial times and accumulated enough points to get into the final four in the playoffs, only to come up short with a 3rd overall finish. Logano won the Daytona 500 in 2015 and has been in the top 10 no less than 3 more times at Daytona since then. He had a poor run there his last time out but given what he has done at Daytona in the past, he needs to be considered a threat.
Chase Elliott (+800)
2020 is going to be a tough act to follow for Chase Elliott, but he can certainly show his intention of going after a repeat by putting in a strong showing at Daytona. The problem here is that there is little in his history at this track to suggest that he might be the one to beat. While he did have a 2nd place finish at Daytona last August, hos previous 9 races prior to that one saw him fail to cack the top 10. Was his last race a sign that he had finally found his form at Daytona or was it little more than an aberration.
Ryan Blaney (+1000)
In the grand scheme of things, last season was not a terrible one for Blaney. Yes, he only had 1 win on the year, but he made it into the playoffs and just missed out on the top 8. With that in mind, he might seem like an odd choice to be among the favorites here, but he has finished 2nd in the Daytona 500 on 2 separate occasions, including in 2020.