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We are a little less than three weeks out to the start of the 2013 Sprint Cup Season, with the Great American Race kicking off on Sunday, February 24. The Daytona 500 is one of the great spectacles in all of sports, and NASCAR always does it big to start the season by opening with the biggest race of the season.
The winner of the 2013 Daytona 500 can already proclaim the year to be a great one even without another victory.
But to the victor of the Daytona 500 comes expectations for the rest of the season, and whether or not they will be able to live up to them.
Oddsmakers at BetOnline sportsbook have already formed betting odds to win the 2013 Daytona 500 prior to the qualifying stages that will take place in a couple of week in the Gatorade Duel 125s.
Leading the way on the betting odds to win the Daytona 500 this year is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt has won the Daytona 500 before, but that was back in 2004. Still, Earnhardt is always considered a favorite when racing at Daytona International Speedway, as he has several wins to his credit in other races to justify that. Earnhardt is set at 10/1 to win this year, according to BetOnline.
It’s tight at the top of the Daytona 500 Betting lines behind Earnhardt. In fact, there three drivers who fall in line next at 12/1. They would be 2012 Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick.
But there are even more drivers set at 15/1. That includes Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, and Clint Bowyer.
So as you can see, the odds are very close together with drivers slated with equal betting lines. This is a chance to get in on some good payouts prior to the racing grid being established. That is where you could see some separation in the betting odds, and a clear-cut favorite going into the race. No to mention, the payouts on some of these drivers could be a good bit less once the qualifying positions are set.
We will continue to cover the Daytona 500 and the betting odds leading up to the race, to keep you informed of the latest payouts.