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Odds & Picks to Win Daytona 500

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The annual kick-off for the Race to the Cup begins in earnest on Sunday, Feb. 18. The best NASCAR drivers head to Daytona to battle it out in the Great American Race aka the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. Race favorite Brad Keselowski is looking to start the new NASCAR season on the right foot. Will Keselowski do it? Or is there a smarter Daytona 500 betting pick? Perhaps a longshot?

Odds & Picks to Win the 2018 Daytona 500

What: 2018 Dayton 500 
When: Sunday, February 18, 2018
Start Time: 2:30 PM ET
Where: Daytona Beach, Florida
Stadium: Daytona International Speedway
Watch: FOX Sports 
Stream: Fox Sports Go

The 2018 Daytona 500 Betting Favorite:  Brad Keselowski +800

Brad Keselowski has never won the Daytona 500. He did start seventh in last year’s Daytona 500. Unfortunately, he ended up finishing twenty-seventh. An accident led to Keselowski’s terrible finish. Although Keselowski’s start to last year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wasn’t auspicious, he managed to finish fourth overall.

That’s not bad at all. It sets him up for a lot of success in 2018. It might not set him up for that much success at Daytona on Feb. 18, though. He does start in tenth in Duel 1. That will give him a shot at a nice starting position on Sunday. Still, I’m not sold. I’m looking elsewhere.

The 2018 Daytona 500 Smart Bet:  Jimmie Johnson +1400

Jimmie Johnson’s last Daytona 500 win was in 2013. Since that time, he hasn’t had the best racing luck in the first NASCAR event of the year. JJ could come up big on Feb. 18, though. Let’s not forget that he’s one of the best NASCAR drivers of all time. He also finished tenth in last year’s Monster Energy Cup Series.

In 2016, Jimmie won the Monster Energy Cup Series. He’s driving as well as he ever has while even though Hendrick Motorsports has gone through some changes, he remains the anchor to the powerful NASCAR team. I like Jimmie’s odds. He starts behind Alex Bowman in Duel 1. That could lead to a nice starting position on Sunday. I think Jimmie bounces back in a huge way at the 2018 Daytona 500. 

The 2018 Daytona 500 Longshot:  Kurt Busch +2500

Kurt Busch won the 2017 Daytona 500. It was Busch’s first Daytona 500 win. He could be in line for a back-to-back because his past couple of seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing has led to very good finishes at the Daytona 500.

In addition to winning the race in 2017, Busch finished tenth in 2016. He should manage to do well again in 2017. Busch is one of the most competitive drivers at NASCAR. He might just pull off the repeat Daytona 500 win.

The Complete 2018 Daytona 500 Odds

  • Brad Keselowski +800
  • Denny Hamlin +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 +2500
  • Ryan Blaney +2500
  • Jamie McMurray +2500
  • Alex Bowman +2800
  • William Byron +2800
  • Aric Almirola +3300
  • Daniel Suarez +3300
  • Trevor Bayne +4000
  • Austin Dillon +4000
  • Ryan Newman +5000
  • Darrell Wallace Jr. +5000
  • Paul Menard +6600
  • Kasey Kahne +6600
  • Ty Dillon +8000