Thanks to rain, the Daytona 500 was postponed until 4 p.m. ET Monday after completing just 20 of 200 laps. Because this race is NASCAR’s most high-profile event, sportsbooks have reopened Daytona 500 odds, providing bettors another opportunity to find value on this race.
Interestingly, some sportsbooks have been aggressive in adjusting their odds based on the current running order.
However, making significant adjustments to odds at a superspeedway race often isn’t correct, especially when you’re only 10% of the way through a race. Elite drivers toward the back of the field can often make a run to the front quite easily at tracks like Daytona — something that isn’t true at most other racetracks.
With that in mind, let’s look a pack of drivers who present betting value heading into Monday’s restart.
[If you’re looking for a few Daytona 500 longshots, check out Nick Giffen’s two favorites, both of which still have value entering Monday’s restart.]
Daytona 500 Betting Picks
Top Toyota drivers Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones and Christopher Bell all dropped to the back of the pack at the beginning of the race on Sunday. It was a very clear coordinated move to run together and stay out of trouble until the end of the race.
But not all sportsbooks seem to be aware of this. I’m looking to target these drivers if their odds drastically differ from where they closed on Sunday.
Again, remember: We’re only 10% of the way through the race.
Here’s where these five Toyota drivers — plus Clint Bowyer, who’s another top-tier driver at the back — closed in terms of odds on Sunday:
- Kyle Busch: 9-1 odds
- Denny Hamlin: 9-1 odds
- Martin Truex Jr.: 11-1 odds
- Erik Jones: 28-1 odds
- Christopher Bell: 50-1 odds
- Clint Bowyer: 25-1 odds
There’s one driver presenting quite a lot of value based on where sportsbooks re-posted his number.