Updated Daytona 500 Odds

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daytona-500 lead shot_0 The Daytona 500 starting order is now set, and there are updated NASCAR odds that might change how Sprint Cup fans think about the great American race. Here's a quick breakdown of favorites, contenders and interesting long shots. The Favorites: There's no surprise to Dale Earnhardt Jr. being the favorite; Daytona is his best track, and he has the best average finish among any active driver at Daytona. Plus, The No. 88 won the Can-Am Duel Thursday night. Still, 5/1 at Daytona is a crazy low number for such an unpredictable place. Normally, 8/1 is the lowest oddsmakers would go. This is a testament to Earnhardt Jr.'s popularity and potential for Sunday. The legacy factor also impacts the numbers for Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick. Neither set their hair on fire at Daytona this week; both are 8/1 based largely on past performance at Daytona and over their respective Sprint Cup careers. Harvick and Johnson are fourth and fifth in terms of average finish at Dayton and own a combined five wins at the track. In spite of a lackluster week, either could claim the Daytona 500 trophy Sunday. The Contenders: Joe Gibbs Racing has been a perceived favorite at Daytona, even though it's been two decades since JGR won the 500. All their drivers offer tremendous value. Kyle Busch, fresh of his Can-Am Duel victory, is 12/1 with Matt Kenseth, who starts on the front row. Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards are 14/1. Of the four, Edwards is the worst historically at Daytona with the 21st best average finish among active drivers. The Team Penske drivers, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowksi, are 10/1 and 12/1 respectively. The only other drivers below 20/1 are Chase Elliott (on the pole) and Kurt Busch. Elliott is 16/1 Sunday; Busch is 14/1. Everyone Else: The Daytona field is tight, and ever since Trevor Bayne shocked racing with his Daytona 500 win, the numbers have shrunk at Daytona. Normally, 25 percent of the field is 100/1 or over. This year, Michael Waltrip is the only driver with that honor. So if you like names like Ryan Blaney or Austin Dillon, the numbers are 40/1; that's about half of what they normally might be at other Sprint Cup tracks. Here's how your favorite driver stacks up in the NASCAR odds for Sunday's Daytona 500. Enjoy the Great American Race, and insert a random catchphrase here.
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