Daytona 500: Betting Odds, Stenhouse Jr in Pole Position

The Daytona 500 is back and we are about to witness one of the largest and most anticipated races in the NASCAR Cup Series at 3 PM EST on Sunday, February 16 with the 2020 season well underway.

Sports fans and bettors will stand a chance to join online and live at Daytona International Speedway to behold one of the busiest instalments in the Cup Series.

Better yet, we already had a taste of this year’s excitement with NASCAR Busch Clash bringing us all the thrills we had hoped for. Now, though, we want to look up the Daytona 500 odds and give them another consideration before making wagers ahead of Sunday’s race.

The Daytona 500 Betting Odds: Top Ten Drivers

Driver Odds to Win
Joe Logano +900
Brad Keselowski +1200
Kevin Harvick +1200
Chase Elliott +1200
Denny Hamlin +900
Kyle Busch +1600
Ryan Blaney +1400
Martin Truex Jr +1400
Kurt Busch +1600
Ricky Stenhouse Jr +1600

 *Odds updated February 11

Where to Watch Daytona 500?

You can watch Daytona 500 this year via multiple options, including FS1 and FOX Sports App. You should see which method is available to you based on the state you are in. You can check the full NASCAR schedule on the official website, too.

A Look at the Racers for Daytona 500

Keselowski looks a strong favorite as of the moment, but there have been some recent upsets. For starters, Keselowski is not happy with Joe Logano’s blocking which he thought could have endangered the lives of drivers on the raceway.

That and the fact he is in a rush to fix his car after a fender-bender while clocking practice runs. That is two upsets for Keselowski in the space of just 48 hours which is definitely not too reassuring.

Speaking of Logano, he already won in 2015 when he drove for Team Penske with Ford, and clocked 203 laps to emerge victorious. His most recent track record has been somewhat impressive.

Admittedly Joey started slow and in his first few years he was stuck around 20th finish at the Daytona 500. Then he made the switch to Penske, and things started to look up. Joey not only won the 2015 edition, he finished sixth two years in a row in 2016 and 2017, and improved that record to two forth finishes in 2018 and 2019.

All his finishes, though, had to do with a better starting position as well. Joey will start behind a number of drivers for this year’s race in the 11th position. His best performance so far starting after grid 10 is sixth in 2017.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr – A Pole Position in a Tight Spot

Ricky Stenhouse Jr is starting in the pole position, which definitely gives him a strong foothold. Question is, does he really have what it takes to claim Daytona 500. His track record is a bit spotty, though, and he has never finished any better than the seventh position back in 2014.

Admittedly, he has only had tough starting positions, but this year is going to be his best shot at keeping ahead of the pack. The odds definitely don’t support him too much as he’s posted at +1600, but that is not a bad position at all.

Similarly, you have Kurt Busch who won in 2016 and also has a rather undefined track record when it comes to races like Daytona. Yet, all we know is Stenhouse Jr and Busch are capable drivers and worth keeping an eye out for.

Image credit: Daytona International Speedway