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Danica Patrick has certainly made her presence known at Daytona so far, as she won the pole for the 2013 Daytona 500 last Sunday and will start at the head of the pack when things get underway.
Patrick is the first woman to win the pole at the Daytona 500, and while she recognizes her accomplishment, she said earlier in the week that it was a nice thing to achieve, but is just one of the small goals she had coming into the race week.
Now, it’s about trying to win the biggest race in NASCAR.
Patrick has been under the limelight ever since she joined the IndyCar series, Nationwide Series, and now full-time on the Sprint Cup series. This will be her second Daytona 500 start, and oddsmakers have already formulated a number of betting odds relating only to Patrick for the race.
In fact, outside of the odds to win the Daytona 500, for which Patrick has been set at 18/1 to win the Daytona 500, there are an additional five Daytona 500 Prop betting lines that can be found.
Let’s take a look at what they are.
The first three prop betting odds for Patrick at the Daytona 500 have to do with her finish, and whether or not she will finish in the top-three, top-five, or the top-10. There is only one betting option for the three of these wagers, with bettors having the chance to place a wager on ‘Yes’.
When it comes to a top-three finish, a payout of +550 is made if she does in fact record a finish that high. In other words, that is a 5.5 to 1 payout. For every $1 wagered, a $5.50 profit is made.
As we move further down the list with a top-five finish, the payout gets slightly smaller at +350 on the moneyline. And then with a top-10 finish, the payout is just over even money on the amount wagered, paying out +150 on the moneyline.
Past these finishing props, we get into a betting line asking if Patrick will be leading the first full lap after it is complete during the Daytona 500. Despite the fact that she is starting on the pole, a wager on her not leading is actually a slight favorite, set at -140 on the moneyline. That means for every $1.40 wagered, a $1 profit is made should you win that bet. A payout of Even is set if Patrick is leading after the first full lap.
Finally, we get to a betting line between Patrick, and her fellow Sprint Cup Series driver boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Patrick and Stenhouse have publicly announced that they are dating, and Bovada saw fit to put these two lovebirds in a head-to-head betting line asking which of them will have the better finish at the 2013 Daytona 500. Both have been set with equal odds at -115 on the moneyline.
Watch Patrick compete in the 2013 Daytona 500 live on Sunday, February 24 beginning at 1pm ET with coverage on FOX.