Denny Hamlin returns to Daytona as the defending champion, looking to become the first driver to win the 500 in back-to-back years since Sterling Marlin pulled it off back in 1995. He has first-place trophies here in 2016 and 2019, and if he can win again he would be the 15th driver with three championships here. The top challengers for Hamlin include Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch, but of those three, only Logano has ever won at the Daytona 500 before, drawing the checkered flag in 2015. The race is set for Sunday, February 16, at 12:40pm Eastern time. We have the driver odds for you to consider as well as NASCAR betting suggestions for your wager cards.
2020 Daytona 500 Preview & Odds
2020 Daytona 500 Driver Odds
- Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin 10/1
- Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney 14/1
- Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman, William Byron 18/1
- Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, Matt DiBenedetto 20/1
- Martin Truex Jr, Ricky Stenhouse Jr 25/1
- Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Cole Cluster, Christopher Bell 30/1
- Austin Dillon, Chris Buescher, Tyler Reddick 40/1
- Ty Dillon, Darrell Wallace Jr, Ryan Preece 60/1
- Michael McDowell 80/1
- John Hunter Nemechek, Landon Cassill 100/1
- Ross Chastain 200/1
- FIELD (all other drivers) 18/1
Jimmie Johnson is a perennial mention on our wagering cards, simply because he should still have so much upside left. He has the fifth highest driver rating among active racers at Daytona International Speedway, over his last five events, including the races in July. He has run over 57 percent of his rotations inside the top 15 and has led in 14 laps over those events.
Denny Hamlin has the second highest driver rating for the last five Daytona 500 events, posting a 99.4. In those five races, he has run over 70 percent of his laps in the top 15, which makes sense, given that he has won two of them. He has not done as well here in the July races, but he appears to have a special connection with this event.
Joey Logano has the best driver rating over the last five Daytona 500, leading 61 laps and completing almost 81 percent of his laps in the top 15. In those five races, his average finish is 4.2. When he won here in 2015, his average speed was 161.939 mph, the fastest at any Daytona 500 since Dale Earnhardt Sr won the 1998 edition with an average racing speed of 172.712 mph.
Alex Bowman will be on the outside of Row 1 on Sunday. In his last four Daytona 500 races, Bowman has an average start position of 1.5 and an average finish of 9.5. His best finish ever in this race is 11th, though, which is why he is down the odds list. You can take advantage of the extra value you get out of him, if you think that he can finally turn that pole start into a strong finish.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr will start on the pole. He has led in 97 laps over the last five Daytona 500 races. He has a Hendrick engine, which means his equipment is elite. He has a solid history racing at the superspeedways, and starting out 2020 with a big win could bring you some big winnings if you wager on his value.
Austin Dillon won this race two years ago. He has an average finish of 15.1 over his last 15 career starts, and he has seven top-ten finishes in his last 13 starts here. If you are looking for a dark horse to give your wager card some extra value, he is definitely a driver that you should consider.