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Date/TV Info: Sunday February 16 at 12:40 p.m. ET | FOXWhen wagering on the Daytona 500, bettors are hoping for a crash-free race. The Daytona 500 marks the first major race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup season, and it takes place this Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway. Among the favorites are Joey Logano (10-1), winner of the 2015 Daytona 500, and Denny Hamlin (10-1) who won last year’s Daytona 500. Across 28 career races at Daytona International Speedway, Hamlin has racked up nine Top-10 finishes, eight Top-5 finishes and two wins (2016, 2019). Although Ricky Stenhouse Jr (30-1) won the pole, he is not listed among the top betting choices. The oddsmakers astutely realize that there hasn’t been a winner who started on the pole since Dale Jarrett back in 2000. The 2020 Daytona 500 is loaded with intrigue and tremendous betting opportunities. The sharps out in Vegas have found value and have backed several drivers for the 62nd running of the Great American Race: Martin Truex Jr. (14-1), William Byron (25-1) and Erik Jones (30-1). I will be looking to cover these wagers by betting the ‘under’ in each of these drivers’ proposition markets for overall finish: Truex Jr. under (12.5), Byron and Jones both under (16.5). If you are looking for a longshot play, take a look at Chris Buescher (60-1). Buescher is a solid driver with upside who, following the move over to Roush-Fenway Racing, now upgrades to a superior Ford engine.Full odds from the Westgate SuperBook to win the 2020 Daytona 500:Joey LOGANO 10/1Brad KESELOWSKI 10/1Denny HAMLIN 10/1Kyle BUSCH 10/1Chase ELLIOTT 12/1Kevin HARVICK 12/1Ryan BLANEY 14/1Martin TRUEX JR 14/1Kurt BUSCH 20/1Alex BOWMAN 25/1William BYRON 25/1Clint BOWYER 25/1Aric ALMIROLA 25/1Matt DIBENEDETTO 25/1Jimmie JOHNSON 25/1Ricky STENHOUSE JR 30/1Erik JONES 30/1Austin DILLON 30/1Ryan NEWMAN 30/1Kyle LARSON 30/1Cole CUSTER 60/1Christopher BELL 60/1Chris BUESCHER 60/1Tyler REDDICK 60/1Ty DILLON 60/1Darrell WALLACE JR 60/1Ross CHASTAIN 60/1Ryan PREECE 80/1Michael McDOWELL 80/1John Hunter NEMECHEK 100/1FIELD 40/1MORE FROM SI:Donald Trump Expected to Attend Daytona 500 SundayEarly 2020 Heisman Odds: Fields, Lawrence Lead the WayNFL 2020 MVP Odds: Any Long Shots Worth a Bet?


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