The Great American Race is here, and oddsmakers clearly have too much time on their hands.
Here’s how your favorite drivers stacks up as of Friday. These numbers are bound to change before Sunday, but the prop bet numbers may better shape the story of Sunday’ race.
The #88 Is A Real Threat.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a threat, one of the favorites to win Sunday. Most people believe this is about him being NASCAR’s most popular driver. The reality is Daytona is one of the #88′s best tracks. His teammate won the race that last year.
Earnhardt Jr. has practiced and ran week all week. His crew chief is on the retirement tour. If there’s a time for Earnhardt Jr. to win his third race in 251 starts, it’s Sunday. I say he’s better than 11.5. If he wins, Daytona may explode.
Maybe Austin Dillon Can Win:
Several drivers have come from nowhere to take the poll at Daytona. Most didn’t fare well. Oddsmakers clearly think Dillon is more than a quick flash, thinking the rookie will run in the top third of the field after 500 miles.
Richard Childress Racing cars have run well all month. If RCR has a car in the top 15 with 50 laps to go, there’s no reason those cars can’t win the race. Dillon, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard are all worth watching Sunday.
Chevy Or Bust:
There are so many numbers. Without question, the most telling are the winning manufacturers odds.
Someone would have to bet 13 fake dollars to win 10 fake dollars on a Chevy bet. Seven of the top 10 favorites drive Chevy.
All three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers are in the top 10. Michael Waltrip won the race twice. Clint Bowyer always lingers at Daytona. This is intriguing.
So too are the Ford numbers. After a down 2013, oddsmakers are down on Team Penske and Roush Fenway Racing. Their success, or lack of success, will be a key driver to the 2014 Sprint Cup season.
Here are the full list of prop bets from The Spread. Enjoy the race and the race within a race Sunday.