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Daytona Road Course Odds: Elliott is the clear-cut favorite

Chase Elliott is the favorite in the Daytona Road Course odds.

NASCAR Cup Series drivers don’t have far to travel following a rain-delayed but exciting Daytona 500. Their next event is also at Daytona but this time they’ll race around the Daytona International Speedway Road Course for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253.

This is just the second time the NASCAR Cup Series has competed on this track and when looking at the Daytona Road Course odds, it is Chase Elliott who is listed as the favorite.

Online sportsbook Bovada has released Daytona Road Course odds and has Elliott as the chalk at +200. He’s followed by Martin Truex Jr. at +550, Kyle Busch at +700, Ryan Blaney at +750 and A.J. Allmendinger at +800 to round out the top five drivers on the oddsboard. 

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Daytona Road Course Odds: O’Reilly Auto Parts 253

Odds to Win the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253
DriverOdds
Chase Elliott+200
Martin Truex Jr.+550
Kyle Busch+700
Ryan Blaney+750
A.J. Allmendinger+800
Denny Hamlin+800
Kevin Harvick+950
Joey Logano+1500
Brad Keselowski+1800
William Byron+1800
Alex Bowman+2000
Kurt Busch+2200
Chase Briscoe+2800
Kyle Larson+2800
Erik Jones+4400
Matt DiBenedetto+4400
Christopher Bell+5000
Aric Almirola+5500
Cole Custer+5500
Michael McDowell+7000
Tyler Reddick+7700
Ross Chastain+8800
Anthony Alfredo+10000
Darrell Wallace Jr.+10000
Ryan Newman+10000
Austin Dillon+12500
Chris Buescher+12500
Justin Haley+25000
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.+27500
James Davison+75000
Ryan Preece+75000
Daniel Suarez+80000
Josh Bilicki+80000
Ty Dillon+100000
Josey Gase+175000
Timmy Hill+200000
BJ McLeod+225000
Cody Ware+225000
Corey LaJoie+225000
Quin Houff+225000

Odds as of February 18 courtesy of Bovada

Why is Elliott the Favorite in Daytona Road Course Odds?

As mentioned off the top, this is just the second-ever running for the Cup Series at the Daytona Road Course. Who won the inaugural race last August? Chase Elliott. Furthermore, the reigning Cup champion has been the one to beat when it comes to road courses over the last three seasons. Five of his 11 career wins have come at road courses and he has won five of the last eight Cup races at this style of track.

Elliott is coming off a second-place finish last week at the Daytona 500 and will be leading the field to the green flag as he is on the pole for this week’s race. Given that he’ll get to jump out in front early and dial his car in, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be the favorite in the Daytona Road Course odds.

Daytona Road Course Picks

For each race, I will provide my two favorite picks along with a sleeper that is providing tremendous value. 

Chase Elliott +200: As much as I don’t like betting on a driver to win a race at +200, because the value simply isn’t good enough, backing Elliott on any road course is a no-brainer. Honestly, the only way he doesn’t pick up the checkered flag this week is if he has some sort of mechanical failure or gets caught up in an accident.

Denny Hamlin +800: Looking at the sixth man on the oddsboard for my second pick, I was surprised he wasn’t further up on the list. Hamlin was the runner-up last year at this track, leading the second-most laps behind Elliott, and he will be starting from the second row for this race. He is coming off a fifth-place finish last week.

Daytona Road Course Sleeper Pick

Michael McDowell +7000: The 2021 Daytona 500 winner is providing tremendous value to win on consecutive weekends. Yes, last week’s victory was the first in his career and just his fourth career top-five finish. However, he will be starting this race on the outside of row 1 and he had a 10th-place finish in last year’s running at this track, so perhaps a top-10 or top-five wager on him may be a less risky option for you.