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Betting Odds Formed For 2013 Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr On Top

2013 Daytona 500The start of the 2013 NASCAR Season is just a couple of weeks away, with the Daytona 500 kicking things off on Sunday, February 24.

The Daytona 500 is the biggest race of the Sprint Cup season, with the sport choosing to kick start their year with a bang. Drivers are anxiously awaiting the start of the new season, and will try to get going with a huge win.

Betting odds for the 2013 Daytona 500 have already been set. These odds are prior to the qualifying which will take place next week in the running of the Gatorade Duel 125s. But oddsmakers are giving bettors the chance to jump in on some betting action before those two Duels.

At the top of the list of favorites at Bovada Sportsbook is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt is going off at 9/1 to win his second Daytona 500. He last won back in 2004, which is now almost a decade ago. But overall, Earnhardt has had plenty of success at Daytona International Speedway, which is the driving force behind him being installed as the favorite going into qualifying.

There are several driver’s very close behind Earnhardt on the betting odds though. The closest would be Kyle Busch, slated at 10/1 to win. 2012 Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski is going off at 12/1, as is Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart, both of whom have had success at the Speedway in their careers.

Continuing with the top-10 favorites, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth come in at 13/1 on the payout, with a host of other driver’s sitting at 14/1. They include Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Kasey Kahne.

Next week after the qualifying races are completed, you could certainly see a shift on the betting lines depending on where these top drivers fall in line on the starting grid. It’s likely that all of the names mentioned will continue to be favorites, but their payouts could shift one way or the other.

These pre-qualifying betting lines will be up and available until the start of the first Gatorade 125.

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