Daytona 500 Sleeper Pick. Extreme sleeper – Bubba Wallace +1500: Now this one may come a little bit out of left field, given that Wallace has exactly zero wins and just three top-fives in his career. That said, two of those top-fives have come at Daytona, including a runner-up finish in the 2018 Daytona 500.
Sunday, February 14 2020 at 2:30 PM (Daytona International Speedway)
Daytona 500 NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions; By Tom Bowles. Hamlin has only finished outside the top four once, a 26th-place finish in the summer race at Daytona in 2018. And he's been a strong qualifier at Daytona in recent years, earning the pole in 2018 and starting in second in both 2019 and 2020. So, he hasn't had his Daytona 500 starting position determined.
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We begin the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series with a trip to Daytona Beach for the Daytona 500, also known as the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing.
Here are five drivers to consider throwing on Sunday’s card.
Denny Hamlin, +600 - It’s not easy to three peat in anything, but Denny Hamlin has won the last two Daytona 500s and three of the last five overall. If that wasn’t enough, Hamlin has finished third or better in five of his last eight appearances overall in Daytona. In three races here last year, Hamlin averaged a second place finish. Nothing left to say here, folks.
Chris Buescher, +3300 - After including the overall favorite, I’m going to throw out a dark horse in Chris Buescher, a 28-year-old with just one Cup Series victory. With that said, Buescher had three top-10 finishes in Daytona last year and has finished in the top-10 in six of his last eight trips here. Buescher also had a runner-up finish in the 2015 Daytona 300. Buescher clearly enjoys this track and with these odds, he’s certainly worth a potential massive payout.
How to play bingo showdown. Joey Logano, +1100 - Joey Logano finished last season with a pair of top-five finishes and also had a victory in Kansas, so he should be feeling good about himself. Logano won Daytona in 2015 and has finished no worse than sixth in five of his last six tries in the race. Logano is a solid bet at this price.
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Brad Keselowski, +1100 - Brad Keselowski finished last season with four straight top-10 finishes and a runner-up spot in Phoenix. It’s also only a matter of time before Keselowski has a good showing in the Daytona 500, as he hasn’t had a top-10 finish here since 2014. Of course, Keselowski did win the 2016 Coke Zero 400, so he’s not a complete stranger to success here. Still, I expect Keselowski to be in the running this weekend.
Ryan Blaney, +900 - Ryan Blaney has been knocking on the door for a Daytona 500 victory, as he finished runner-up in 2017 and last yer, and he had a seventh place finish in 2018. Blaney also had a top-10 finish in the 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400, so this is a track where he’s extremely comfortable. It’s only a mater of time before Blaney is able to scratch this off his list. He’s going to push the leaderboard and give these odds a serious run.