O'Reilly Auto Parts 253 Betting Preview 

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The second NASCAR Cup Series racing weekend of 2021 is upon us.  Here is a betting preview covering the event.

The second NASCAR Cup Series racing weekend of 2021 is upon us. This also marks the second ever time that this event has taken place, as the O'Reilly Auto Parts 253 be at the Daytona International Speedway. 

The road race will follow in the footsteps after Sunday’s Daytona 500. One driver is a clear favorite, but there is plenty of notable competition. 

Race Event

Date: Sun, Feb 21, 2:00 PM
Watch on: FOX
Track: Daytona International Speedway

Dunkel Index For This Event 

The Dunkel Index is showing these top 10 drivers that could win the O'Reilly Auto Parts 253:

1    Chase Elliott    74.729    
2    Kyle Busch    82.905
3    Ryan Blaney    88.593
4    Austin Dillon    88.882
5    Denny Hamlin    90.431
6    William Byron    92.122
7    Kevin Harvick    92.215    
8    Joey Logano    93.391
9    Martin Truex Jr 93.395
10    Kurt Busch    94.446                   

*index is subject to changes 

Drivers That Could Win 

Chase Elliott arguably has the best chance to win this event. He took hold of the checkered flag at the last meeting for this race. Elliott is no doubt a world-class road racer. His dominance away from the oval tracks has propelled him to clinch his first-ever Cup Series title. 

He took charge of four straight road races last season and won roughly 36 percent of his races when they were on the road courses. Other drivers had road course experiences that could give Elliott some trouble. 

Martin Truex Jr. is high on the list for many betting markets out there. He has put together four career road course victories and placed third at Daytona last year behind the likes of Elliott and Hamlin. 

His recent success at these tracks could potentially give him a chance at landing a victory. Of course, there are still plenty of drivers that will be in the mix. 

A.J. Allmendinger and Kyle Busch are great examples of drivers you do not want to count out. Looking at Allmendinger’s road course success, he has done well in the Xfinity Series, and this could transfer over to this Cup Series race. 

Busch is already looking much better this year after only winning just one race last year. He was able to win the first race of the year at Daytona’s road course and now has the chance to gain a 2-0 record there.

Potential Winning Pick 

Chase Elliott    74.729    

After claiming victory last season without much of any practice at this course, it was impressive to see Elliot win. It is no surprise really to see Elliot perform well at these types of events with his past performances. 

Elliot has a great chance to win the O'Reilly Auto Parts 253 for the second year in a row. He will definitely have his hands full with the likes of Logano, Hamlin, and Harvick. However, he generally has outperformed these drivers consistently when looking at the Cup Series. 

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