Daytona 500 Preview
The opening race to kick off the 2021 NASCAR betting season is finally here. Fans can check out the Daytona 500 this weekend for Valentine's Day.
This is an interesting event to bet on for NASCAR. You can think of this as NASCAR's “Super Bowl” but it also gives you a look to see how some drivers are ready to step into the spotlight.
Date: Sun, Feb 14, 1:30 PM
Watch on: FOX
Track: Daytona International Speedway
Before diving in and picking last year’s winner, there are some pieces of information to look at first. The last time a pole winner was able to win the Daytona 500 was back in 2000. In fact, 15 out of the last 19 races have shown the pole winner to finish the race right outside of the Top 10.
Looking back at last year's pole winner, they finished 20th while the second place starter finished not far behind at 24th. The point here is that any previous Speedweeks success that a driver has had before the Daytona 500 does not guarantee a good finish or a win.
Dunkel Index For This Event
The Dunkel Index is showing these top 10 golfers that could win this event. The following 10 are:
1 Denny Hamlin 80.000
2 Chase Elliott 82.959
3 Kyle Busch 85.281
4 Joey Logano 85.889
5 William Byron 86.267
6 Alex Bowman 89.250
7 Ryan Blaney 89.392
8 Kyle Larson 89.604
9 Brad Keselowski 90.070
10 Kevin Harvick 92.237
*index is subject to changes
Drivers That Could Win
Denny Hamlin (80.000)
Hamlin is looking like a favorite, but history is not on his side. No driver has ever successfully won three consecutive Daytona 500's and he enters this one with two straight on his resume. He is a favorite in the betting market, but can he make history?
Chase Elliot (82.959)
Elliott does not have history on his side either. Only five times in history has the reigning Cup Series champion won at Daytona the next February. The last time it happened was back in 2000 and only occurring twice since 1978.
Even as a moderate favorite, he also has finished 30th or worse in about half of his 10 Daytona starts. With past performances in the Daytona 500 of 37th, 14th, 33rd, 17th and 17th, respectively, does he get enough credit for being the Cup Series champion?
Joey Lagano (85.889)
Logano has looked very attractive on superspeedway tracks, as he has won four times on them. This Penske driver has five top-six finishes when looking at his last six Daytona 500 starts. Not only that, this includes a win back in 2015.
Potential Winning Pick
Joey Lagano (85.889)
Looking at the listed drivers above, it clearly can be anyone’s race. If history has anything to say about it, you can count out both Chase Elliot and Denny Hamlin. Of the top drivers to put up a good finish, Joey Lagano makes this an interesting pick.
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