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It’s a big week for NASCAR and the Sprint Cup Series as the new 2014 season gets underway this weekend. While the 2014 Daytona 500 is the big event on Sunday (Feb 23), there are several other races and qualifying runs taking place leading up to it.
The Daytona 500 has a different qualifying process than many of the other Sprint Cup races. There are two separate races held, where the starting grid is finalized. The pole position and the top position on the outside lane are earned through qualifying runs leading up to the two Budweiser Duels. From there, all of the other drivers outside of the front position will be jockeying for positioning.
The Budweiser Duels will be held on Thursday, February 20. The lead positions will be determined before that. The two duels have already been broken up with betting lines to win coming to Bovada Sportsbook later this week. Odds to win the Budweiser Duels will be available up until the start of each. That means that the second Duel can still be bet as the first Duel is taking place.
Friday and Saturday of Daytona 500 week gives fans plenty to look forward to as well. There is the Camping Truck Series and the Nationwide Series.
The Nextera Energy 250 will be held on Friday night under the lights from Daytona. Betting lines to win the race will be released days before to give bettors plenty of time to get in on the action.
The same can be said for Saturday’s Nationwide Series race, the Drive4COPD 300. This race will have many familiar names to fans, as they will be driving the next day in the Daytona 500. Drivers like to get a feel for the track and to keep a sharp focus for the race. By competing in the Nationwide Series event, it gives them + the race team plenty of practice.
While betting lines for the qualifying races and preliminary races at Daytona International Speedway are not yet formed, odds to win the 2014 Dayton 500 are. In fact, they’ve been up for several weeks.
As the biggest race on the calendar, the Daytona 500 is the Super Bowl of racing. It’s the Kentucky derby of horse racing. It’s the Final Four in college basketball.
At the top of the list of 2014 Daytona 500 favorites is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Having won the Dayton before + several other races at the speedway, Earnhardt is a routine favorite at the the track. At 10/1, Earnhardt is in front. But there are a handful of other drivers immediately behind at 12/1. Four drivers that all have experience in taking the checkered flag at Daytona actually. They are Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Matt Kenseth.
Below, LatestBettingOdds.com has the full set of available betting lines from Bovada. Be sure to check them out. If they are shown below, it means they are live and able to be wagered.