Choosing a winner primarily based on the percentages for Sunday’s NASCAR race on the Daytona Worldwide Speedway highway course (three p.m. ET, NBC) is as large of a crap shoot as there may be in motorsports. This not solely is the Cup Sequence’ first highway course race of the season, but it surely’s the primary time Cup automobiles have ever taken to the highway course at NASCAR’s most well-known monitor.
Oh, and there have been no prior observe of qualifying classes forward of Sunday’s race. Drivers may solely put together on simulators, and we’re left enjoying a guessing sport relating to who will win.
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The highway course at Daytona is a little bit of a hybrid monitor, because the superspeedway’s excessive banks are a part of the three.61-mile circuit with chicanes added towards the top of the backstretch and the entry of the tri-oval. The one considerably comparable course on the NASCAR schedule is the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, so it is no shock to see the winner of the final ROVAL race, Chase Elliott, on the prime of the percentages board for Daytona.
Beneath are the whole Vegas odds to win Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Sequence race on the Daytona highway course, plus our prime three picks of drivers who may find yourself taking the checkered flag.
NASCAR odds to win at Daytona highway course
Elliott and Ryan Blaney are the one drivers who’ve gained Cup Sequence races on the ROVAL at Charlotte, final 12 months and in 2018, respectively. Which is why they each are anticipated to run nicely on a comparable monitor at Daytona.
They’re joined close to the highest of the Daytona highway course odds board by some 2020 season regulars in Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin.
Beneath are the whole odds to win Sunday’s NASCAR race at Daytona, courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.
Odds to win Daytona RC race
Martin Truex Jr.
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Doubt is the one fixed amongst drivers heading into Sunday’s race on the Daytona highway course. Some have expertise on the monitor in various kinds of automobiles, and others do not. However all people is on the identical enjoying subject when it comes to expertise in a Cup automobile on the Daytona highway course.
“I am probably not positive,” Martin Truex Jr. acknowledged frankly after final week’s Michigan race when requested whether or not his highway course prowess will transition to Daytona. “I’ve solely been on that monitor as soon as; it was again in I feel ’04 after I ran the IROC sequence, we raced there. I did not do excellent. …
“I do know iRacing has the monitor, so get on there, get familiarized, hopefully have the ability to study a bit of bit from that. … I am wanting ahead to it. It may be wild, for positive. Loads of query marks.”
Which suggests monitor place absolutely will probably be key Sunday, and Truex is one among three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers beginning within the first three positions. That bodes nicely for JGR’s secure and all different groups beginning an unprecedented race towards the entrance.
The highest 10 starters for Sunday’s race at Daytona (as decided by a brand new beginning lineup formulation) are as follows:
Kevin HarvickDenny HamlinMartin Turex Jr.Kyle BuschJoey LoganoAric AlmirolaChase ElliottKurt BuschMatt DiBenedettoAustin Dillon
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NASCAR at Daytona highway course professional picks
1. Chase Elliott
We’ve got to go together with the favourite not solely as a result of Elliott gained the ROVAL race at Charlotte final fall, however he additionally has gained the final two Cup Sequence races at Watkins Glen Worldwide. He clearly has this highway course racing factor all the way down to a science.
Couple that with the very fact that Elliott has proven the very best pace within the Hendrick Motorsports secure this season, and also you get likelihood at a historic win for one among NASCAR’s hottest drivers.
2. Martin Truex Jr.
Like Elliott, Truex has been robust on highway programs of late, successful the final two Cup Sequence races at Sonoma Raceway. (The 2020 Sonoma race was canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Joe Gibbs Racing has been one of many strongest organizations prime to backside within the Cup Sequence this season, and Truex clearly has the talents required to win this sort of race.
three. Kyle Busch
Talking of JGR energy, Busch has been surprisingly missing in 2020, nonetheless winless by way of 22 races. However the defending sequence champion’s group has proven higher pace of late, and he does have a number of highway course wins on his Cup Sequence resume, two at Sonoma (2008 and 2015) and two at Watkins Glen (2008 and 2013).
Busch’s winless streak is irrelevant in such a singular race. The Cup Sequence is operating a brand new guidelines package deal at the Daytona highway course (excessive downforce aero mixed with the 750-horsepower engine used at quick tracks and highway programs), and we belief Busch as a lot if no more than anyone to get a deal with on it shortly.