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2020 Daytona 500 Odds – Predicting Who Wins the Race

| February 12, 2020 8:11 am PDT
2020 Daytona 500 Odds and Predictions

We’re just days away from the “Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing,” meaning the countdown to the 2020 Daytona 500 is in full swing. You can get warmed up by reading about the best drivers in the Daytona 500, or you can dive right into the action.

The best Daytona 500 betting sites are waiting for your wagers with open arms.

Let’s start with the Daytona 500 odds.

2020 Daytona 500 Odds

There are many reasons to bet on the Daytona 500. One of those reasons is the major upside attached to each and every driver’s name. As you can see, BetOnline has installed 20 drivers between +900 and +3300 to emerge in victory lane. And don’t forget about the Daytona 500 sleepers listed further down the betting sheet.

I’ll be highlighting four of those drivers who might be worth a bet in an upcoming post.

Who Won the 2019 Daytona 500?

It should be no surprise that Denny Hamlin is perched atop the 2020 Daytona 500 odds. Hamlin not only won “The Great American Race” in 2019, but he’s finished inside the top four at Daytona during five of the past six years. If there’s one guy in the field who we can count on to be in the mix during the final few laps this time around, Denny is that guy.

Hamlin wasn’t the only member of the Joe Gibbs Racing Team who excelled at Daytona International Speedway last year. Teammates Kyle Busch and Erik Jones finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

It’s worth noting that a series of crashes led to just 14 of the 40 drivers completing all laps. The race lasted a shade under 3 hours and 46 minutes, while the average speed was 132.792 mph.

Is Team Penske in Trouble?

Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski are among the favorites to win the Daytona 500, and Ryan Blaney could very well factor in, too. However, based on how things have been progressing at Speedweeks, it could be a long afternoon for Roger Penske.

Keselowski was visibly angry after Sunday’s Clash and upset at Logano for what Brad referred to as “a stupid block that was never going to work.” Keep in mind, Keselowski’s longtime crew chief of nine seasons (Paul Wolfe) is now working alongside Logano, while Brad is now partnered up with Jeremy Bullins, who spent two years serving as Blaney’s crew chief.

This game of musical chairs being played at Penske is now under a microscope.

Clearly, there is some disconnect among the top drivers, and the lack of cohesion could prove to be costly come Sunday.

My Pick to Win the 2020 Daytona 500

At age 44, it’s possible that 2020 will be the last year Jimmie Johnson competes in the Daytona 500. With uncertainty surrounding his 2021 schedule, I expect him to be as motivated as ever to be at his best when the gun goes off on Sunday.

Jimmie’s best speed of 193.886 mph during qualifying was the fourth-fastest time recorded, and his success at this racetrack can’t be denied. Johnson has landed inside the top five at this race seven times throughout his illustrious career, which includes a pair of victories (2006, 2013).

Hendrick Motorsports has four drivers taking part in the festivities, and I’m sure Chase Elliott is the one most expect to fare the best. Nevertheless, now seems like the perfect time for Jimmie Johnson and his no. 48 car to turn back the clock.

Seven years passed in between Jimmie’s first and second triumph at Daytona, and it’s been exactly seven years since his second win. While Jimmie is positioned at +2000 to win the Daytona at a few of the top NASCAR sportsbooks online, he’s sitting at +2500 to be the last driver standing at BetOnline.

That’s a number that’s simply too appetizing to pass up.

Pick
  • Jimmie Johnson
    +2500
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