Daytona International Speedway

The track opened in 1959 and was built by William “Bill” France and  sits and with  180 acres of infield. It is primarily used for the 2.5 mile oval track.

Daytona’s tri-oval is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long with 31° banking in the turns and 18° banking at the start/finish line. The front straight is 3,800 feet (1,200 m) long and the back straight (or “superstretch”) is 3,000 feet (910 m) long. The tri-oval shape was revolutionary at the time as it greatly improved sight lines for fans. It is one of the two tracks on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit that uses restrictor plates to slow the cars down due to the high speeds.

2021 Daytona 500 Preview

The 2021 Daytona 500 start the NASCAR season on February 14, 2021. There are always a ton of changes in the off-season so  it will take a few weeks to catch up on the drivers, teams. spotters, and crews and even car numbers. We will get into that in the following weeks. Let’s take a look at the top drivers for the event .

Denny Hamlin has one top 5 and one top 10 at the Daytona track.His career average finish is 12th and has won in 2017, 2019,  and 2020 here. He has led 145 career laps and has never sat at the pole to start a race at the Daytona International Speedway. He will be driving the #11 Toyota for the Joe Gibbs Racing Team.

Chase Elliott was he winner in 2020 Cup Series championship. He will be driving #9 Chevrolet Camaro for Hendricks Motorsports. At he enters the 2021 Daytona 500, he has six career races at Daytona with an average finish of 23rd. He has never won at this track.

Joey Logano has rwo Top 5 and two  Top 10 finishes at Daytona with 2015 winner at the Daytona 500, He will be driving #22 Ford for the Tm Penske.

Brad Keselowski will be driving #2 Ford Mustang for Team Penske. He has finished at Daytona 36 times but never has won there.

Ryan Blaney has five career Cup Series wins but none at Daytona. He will drive #12 Ford Mustang for Team Penske.

Kevin Harvick driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford in the NASCAR Cup Series. Harvick joined SHR in 2014 after 13 years with Richard Childress Racing, winning his first Cup Series title in his maiden season with the team co-owned by three-time Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas. Harvick has 58 career wins at NASCAR’s top level, including victories in the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600, Brickyard 400 and Southern 500.

2021 Daytona 500 Weather

Official Speedway Weather HERE

 

2021 Daytona 500

2021 Daytona 500 odds

Denny Hamlin 8-1
Chase Elliott 10-1
Joey Logano 10-1
Brad Keselowski 10-1
Ryan Blaney 10-1
Kevin Harvick 12-1
Kyle Busch 15-1
William Byron 18-1
Aric Almirola 18-1

Martin Truex Jr. 18-1
Kyle Larson 18-1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 20-1
Austin Dillon 25-1
Bubba Wallace 25-1
Ross Chastain 30-1
Matt DiBenedetto 30-1
Cole Custer 40-1
Chase Briscoe 40-1
Tyler Reddick 40-1
Christopher Bell 40-1
Chris Buescher 50-1
Austin Cindric 50-1
Erik Jones 50-1
Michael McDowell 75-1
Ryan Newman 75-1
Jamie McMurray 100-1
Ryan Preece 100-1
Ty Dillon 100-1
Daniel Suarez 125-1
David Ragan 150-1
Noah Gragson 150-1
Anthony Alfredo 150-1
Corey Lajoie 150-1
Kaz Grala 250-1
BJ McLeod 750-1
Timmy Hill 750-1
Chad Finchum 750-1
Josh Bilicki 750-1
Cody Ware 1000-1
Quin Houff 1000-1

2021 Daytona 500 Predictions

It’s difficult not to choose Denny Hamlin here as he has won it to consecutive years but no one had ever won three in a row. He has to e the favorite. At 8/ 1 I will bet him to in . ALSO, I like om sleepers  in this race, I will place a 18/1 bet on Kyle Larson. He missed plenty of time to a suspension and will be out to prove his worth at 18/1 odds. Not s sleeper but Ryan Blaney get 10/1 odds consideration from our team to win. The value  bet for the 2021 Daytona 500 is Aric Almirola which shares some of my bet.

Good luck, betting NASCAR can be difficult. Look for ue each and every week. Bet responsibly!

NEXT Race: Feb, 21 Daytona Road Course

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