The Daytona 500 will be run today at Daytona International Speedway home to the famous 2.5-mile tri-oval track. Between the Sprint Unlimited, the Budweiser Duels and eight practices there should be more than enough information available to make a good educated guess on who the winner will be in Sunday’s race.
Perhaps the source that is better than any other is how the race teams performed last season at races with restrictor plates, because it looks thus far like little has changed.
Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing as in 2014, look fast. The two teams’ performances during the past week have strengthened the thought most have on the teams.
Over the past week, Jimmie Johnson’s stock has risen, while that of Brad Keselowksi had dropped. Keselowski has disappeared over the past week at Daytona and will have to come out of nowhere to win today.
Johnson ran very well in the second Budweiser race hanging on for the final 23 laps and proving that he is right there and will be a force on Sunday. Of course, Johnson has finished 20th or worse over 7 of his last 10 Daytona starts.
Although the vehicles are close to identical to last year, it has been very hard to pass this past week at Daytona. It just seems like the leader has the huge advantage and everyone else is behind him is mired in wet sad.
The winners of the duels have been from the HMS or JGR and the drivers who were chasing the winners in the duels were from either HMS or JGR.
The one racer who has held his own on the track this week with HMS and JGR has been Martin Truex Jr., who finished fifth in the second of the Bud Duels and in second in the Sprint Unlimited.
He has finished in the top 10 just once in his 19 Daytona races that were point paying during his career, but it is clear by the way he is performing this past week, he could become the upset winner.
Never count out veteran Jeff Gordon who has won this event three times and will be racing for the last time in the Daytona 500.
2015 DAYTONA 500 ODDS
DALE EARNHARDT JR 8 to 1
JIMMIE JOHNSON 8 to 1
MATT KENSETH 10 to 1
KEVIN HARVICK 12 to 1
BRAD KESELOWSKI 12 to 1
JEFF GORDON 12 to 1
DENNY HAMLIN 12 to 1
JOEY LOGANO 12 to 1
CARL EDWARDS 12 to 1
TONY STEWART 15 to 1