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Qualifying for the 2013 Daytona 500 will begin on Thursday for the rest of the positions behind the front line. Those were already locked up this past weekend with Danica Patrick grabbing the pole position, while Jeff Gordon will be on the outside of the front lane.
Patrick will be in the field for the first of the two qualifying Budweiser Duels at Daytona International Speedway, just a few days after making history and becoming the first woman driver ever to win the pole at Daytona. And with the pressure off, you can bet she will take this race as valuable practice time to get a feel for the track.
Bovada Sportsbook is leading the way on betting odds for the Budweiser Duel 1, which will have names like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, and Denny Hamlin.
So who is the favorite to win the first of the two Duels on Thursday afternoon?
It’s a tie actually. 2013 Daytona 500 betting odds have pegged Earnhardt as the favorite, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he would lead the way here. Earnhardt has long been the favorite to win the Great American Race this year, ever since Bovada released their betting odds.
As for the Budweiser Duel 1 betting odds, Earnhardt is set as a 6/1 favorite to earn the top spot behind the front lane.
So to is Tony Stewart, who has been given the same 6/1 betting odds to get the win on Thursday in the first heat for qualifying.
There is not much spread differential in between the rest of the field though either, well at least within the top-10.
Kevin Harvick is a former Daytona 500 winner, and comes in at 13/2 to win the first Budweiser Duel.
Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski comes in at 8/1, while there are a host of drivers just behind at 17/2. They Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, and Jimmie Johnson.
Betting Odds for this qualifying race at Daytona will be up until 2pm ET on Thursday.
Coverage of the action can all be seen live on the Speed Network.