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Keselowski Favored to Win Daytona 500

The 60th edition of the Great American Race is all set for this Sunday as drivers get ready to kick off another exciting season of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the Daytona 500.

Online sportsbooks are offering odds on who will take home the checkered flag, with a familiar face driving the No. 2 Ford Fusion at the top of the oddsboard in Brad Keselowski. Bovada has Keselowski listed as the favorite at +700 to top the podium at Daytona.

A driver hasn’t won the Daytona 500 in back-to-back years since Sterling Marlin accomplished the feat in 1994 and 1995.

He had three first-place finishes last season and will be starting at the 19th position on the track. It’s worth noting that Keselowski has not finished higher than third in this race in his career.

Last year’s winner, Kurt Busch, is listed at +2200 to win the Daytona 500 again but the probability of a repeat winner makes him a huge long shot. A driver hasn’t won this race in back-to-back years since Sterling Marlin accomplished the feat in 1994 and 1995.

Joe Gibbs Racing has two drivers near the top of the oddsboard in Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch. Hamlin, listed at +1000, won in 2016 in what is considered the most dramatic finish ever at the Daytona 500 and placed sixth in 2017. He won only two races last year so if bettors aren’t persuaded by his accomplishments, then they may want to consider his teammate.

Busch is listed at +1200 and has yet to break through at this race but he did make it to the podium in 2016 when he finished third.  The younger Busch brother won five races last season to go along with nine other top-five finishes.

Alex Bowman might be a popular choice as he replaced Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the 88 car and will be in the pole position on Sunday. However, the pole winner hasn’t won the Daytona since Dale Jarrett in 2000 so there’s a reason Bowman is listed at +2800.

Finally, the driver who won the inaugural Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, Martin Truex Jr., is listed at +1400. Truex finished second in this race in 2016 and was dominant last season, posting five wins among a whopping 19 top-five finishes. If momentum is any factor, Truex could be in line to win his first Daytona 500 in his career.

Here is a full list of odds for the Great American Race:

Odds to win Daytona 500
  • Brad Keselowski +700
  • Denny Hamlin +1000
  • Justin Marks +1000
  • Joey Logano +1200
  • Kevin Harvick +1200
  • Chase Elliott +1200
  • Kyle Busch +1200
  • Kyle Larson +1200
  • Ricky Stenhouse +1400
  • Martin Truex Jr. +1400
  • Jimmie Johnson +1400
  • Erik Jones +2200
  • Clint Bowyer +2200
  • Kurt Busch +2200
  • Ryan Blaney +2500
  • Jamie McMurray +2800
  • Alex Bowman +2800
  • William Byron +2800
  • AJ Allmendinger +3000
  • Aric Almirola +3300
  • Daniel Suarez +3500
  • Trevor Bayne +4400
  • Austin Dillon +4400
  • Ryan Newman +5500
  • Darrell Wallace Jr. +6600
  • Paul Menard +6600
  • Kasey Kahne +6600
  • Danica Patrick +7500
  • Chris Buescher +10000
  • David Ragan +10000
  • Gray Gaulding +10000
  • Jeffery Earnhardt +10000
  • Michael McDowell +12500
  • Brendan Gaughan +12500
  • DJ Kennington +15000
  • Matt DiBenedetto +15000
  • Mark Thompson +15000

Odds as of February 15 at Bovada