The 2019 Daytona 500
What the 61st running of the Great American Race means for sports betting
Sports betting fans are revving up for the 2019 Daytona 500 on taking place on Sunday, February 17 at 2:30 PM EST at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The 61st annual Great American Race has some fan favorites and some potential surprise picks that will be running the track on race day. The early sports betting odds show Brad Keselowski as the 8/1 favorite for this year’s race. Keselowski has the talent and a solid record on restrictor plate tracks. His previous showings at Daytona include his 3rd-and 4th-place finishes in the 2014 and 2013 Daytona 500s and an impressive win at the July 2016 race where he led 115 of the 161 laps.
Joey Loango is the 9/1 favorite heading into the 2019 Daytona 500. He won the 2015 Daytona 500, reigns as the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion and holds 30 careers Xfinity Series wins. Aric Almirola and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., both 21/1 favorites are also getting a lot of attention from the sportsbooks.
The long-shots should not be overlooked when it comes to placing your bets.
Oddsmakers are looking closely at Erik Jones who is 20/1 to win this year’s Daytona 500 having won the first NASCAR Cup of his career in July 2018 in Daytona amid one of the most wreck-filled races in NASCAR history. They are also paying close attention to Austin Dillon, with 30/1 odds to win, after his remarkable 2018 Daytona 500 win which was pulled off by a last-lap, last-turn pass of race leader Aric Almirola.
One of the longest-shots to win, Ryan Newman, with 50/1 odds, is on the radar of sports bettors. While Newman has the skills to make an impressive appearance on race day, it is his equipment that oddsmakers believe give him the edge. He will be driving for Roush-Fenway Racing in the #6 Ford that was previously driven by Trevor Bayne. Ford has raised the bar on this type of track giving the “Rocket Man” a mechanical advantage.
The 2019 Daytona 500 is expected to have a sold-out crowd surrounding the 2.5-mile trioval as drivers compete for the 61st race championship.
The on-track racing begins at Daytona International Speedway on February 10, 2019, with additional races to follow leading up to the big race on February 17. If you plan on doing some sports betting, these preliminary races will provide a good indication of the potential leaders come race day.
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