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Daytona 500 Odds – Bet on Martin to steal Johnson’s Thunder

Written by Matt Stevens   
Saturday, 13 February 2010 15:31

Daytona 500 Odds - BSN SportsUS sportsbook odds (US sportsbook review) for Sunday’s 52nd running of the Daytona 500 have all four Hendrick drivers near the top of the list and for good reason, as three of the four have won the Great American Race. This year, the lone winless driver (and senior member) will join them.

Daytona 500 Odds – Sunday, February 14, 2:00 PM ET

Mark Martin (+1000)

The No.5 driver and runner-up to teammate Jimmie Johnson in the championship race last year lost to Kevin Harvick in 2007 in the closest Daytona 500 finish in the history of the event. Martin finished 16th in last year’s Daytona 500, but that was his first race with the No.5 team and now, they have some more experience. The 51-year-old has as many DNFs as he does top-10s in 25 Daytona 500s, and after a subpar effort last year, look for him to make some noise. Also, he’s starting from the pole, and the winner of the race has led the field to green nine times.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+800)

It’s now or never for the 2004 Daytona 500 winner, as he got extra resources from owner Rick Hendrick as he tries to catch up with teammates Johnson, Martin and Jeff Gordon. If there’s one type of racing where you have to feel confident about Earnhardt’s sportsbook chances, it’s at restrictor-plate tracks, where he’s been one of the best over the last few years. He begins this race outside of Martin in the second position.

Tony Stewart (+750)

The No.14 driver is 0-of-11 in this race, but he’s won every other Speedweeks event, and he won last year’s summer race at Daytona in which he wrecked Kyle Busch. Stewart finished eighth here last year, and the closest he’s come to Victory Lane was in 2003, when current employee Ryan Newman raced past him on the final lap of the 500. Stewart narrowly lost to Kasey Kahne in one of the Duels on Thursday, and the No.14 looked racy.

Kyle Busch (+725)

Busch is a threat everywhere he goes, but he’ll be extra hungry after what happened with Stewart at Daytona in the summer. Busch looked very good in practice, and he’s shown communication with new crew chief Dave Rogers, who he also worked with in the Nationwide series.

Kevin Harvick (+1400)

Harvick won the Shootout last Saturday after feeling ill, and then came up inches short of beating Johnson in one of the Duels on Thursday. Harvick actually has the best finishing average of anyone at the 500 since 1975 at 12.9, and he has four top-fives and a win in eight 500s. Watch out, as there isn’t many better in the draft late in the race.

Pick: Martin has come close on many occasions, and his starting position gives him a good shot at seeing how his car stacks up against the competition. Look for him to earn the win in his 26th Daytona 500, and make Mark Martin your sports wagering pick.

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