About The Daytona 500 Race
2015's Daytona 500 will be the 57th annual running of the event, and it will take place in late February. When this race happens, it will kick off the new NASCAR season, and millions of people will watch the event. Not to overstate it, but the Daytona 500 is more or less the Super Bowl for NASCAR, and not only does it bring millions of viewers, over 100,000 live guests tailgating and attending the race, but there will also be billions of dollars exchanged through bet legally in the United States, be it Vegas casinos or offshore sites. Betting on the Daytona 500 is big business, and it's not just all about who wins and who wrecks.
How to Determine Which Daytona 500 Drivers are a Good Bet
Before we speak about surveying the drivers, let's go over the main types of betting as a summary. First and foremost, you can bet on straight driver odds. For instance, in this year's race, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is leading the oddsmakers' predictions at +1000. To put it simply, this means betting $100 will win you $1000. This particular line might seem similar to the tennis line that actually pays out a decimal below the line, rather than over it. Why the difference? It's because the field is packed with different drivers. 43 drivers in total will start this race, so there are a lot of different odds to spread out. This means bookmakers aren't losing any money. Not everyone will bet on Dale.
Another popular bet in NASCAR is a prop bet, or a proposition bet. This is when you're betting on something rather than the strict outcome. For instance, you can bet on who leads the most laps. So, say Jimmie Johnson wins the pole, but you don't expect him to win the race. You can still bet that he'll lead the most laps. You can also wager props on caution flags, top-5 finishers, and many other categories, depending on the site with which you're betting.
To determine which drivers are likely to do well, it's important you use the past to guide you. The aforementioned Jimmie Johnson is a multiple winner of the Sprint Cup and is involved in the points chase almost yearly. Another great way to determine is to go with the teams. For instance, Hendrick Motorsports is always a great team to bet on, and features Dale, Jr., Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Kasey Kahne. You also have teams like Joe Gibbs racing, with Kyle Busche, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin.
By going with a strong team, you're looking at the core makeup of drivers – the strength of their pit crews, the quality of their cars, and their total body of work. Winning in today's NASCAR happens much like the Patriots in football; that is to say, it's dynastic and rarely do you get independent drivers coming out of nowhere to claim fame and glory. The most successful drivers in NASCAR are part of a well-oiled machine.
Who To Watch in the 2015 Daytona 500
While there might be a large handful of drivers to keep your eye on this year, let's narrow the field to a few. Let's start with Dale, Jr. What makes him the favorite? For one, his team has been absolutely tearing up the field for nearly a decade, and Dale is considered one of the most exciting restrictor plate drivers on his team. He's also very hungry for a Sprint Cup title, never having claimed one to date. The shadow of his father is vast, and Dale, Jr. is looking to break out and cast his own.
Jimmie Johnson is also a solid favorite for the race. The six-time champion won five in a row, and then was the last championship before last year's champ, Kevin Harvick, won the points race. Johnson has a remarkable knack for actually finishing races, which makes him habitually dangerous. Rounding out the field of drivers to watch, Carl Edwards is making some waves. As part of Gibbs' team, Edwards definitely has the materials at his disposal to run a good race, and many suggest that he's due to win the big one.
If you have a favorite driver, please feel free to place a bet on them. This is simply an overview of which drivers are the favorites to win. This is not written in stone, however, and any driver in the race can realistically win.