Home of the Daytona 500

 

The week from February 11th through the completion of the Daytona 500 on the 17th finds things in around the Daytona Beach area filled with auto racing activities. We at KnupSports will bring you the newest and latest information throughout the NASCAR season. Keep it right here each week for our odds, picks, and predictions and why not tell your friends and we can all make some money.

 

Event

The Daytona 500 is the first NASCAR race in the Monster Energy Series of each year. In 2019, it takes place on February 17th at 2:30 p.m. ET. and will be televised on Fox Sports.

Historical Mentions

Lee Petty, the patriarch of the racing family, won the inaugural Daytona 500 on February 22, 1959, defeating Johnny Beauchamp.

2001: Also known as “Black Sunday”, or the “darkest day in NASCAR“, as Dale Earnhardt died in a crash on the final lap. Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were running first and second on the final lap, while Earnhardt Sr. was third. In turn 4, Earnhardt lost control after making contact from Sterling Marlin, and crashed into the outside wall, taking Ken Schrader with him. Earnhardt suffered a fatal basilar skull fracture. Waltrip would win.

 

 

  The Track

The Daytona International Speedway is in Daytona Beach, Florida and is the home to the Daytona 500. The track was built in 1959 and is also the host to races of ARCA, AMA Superbike, USCC, SCCA, and Motocross.

Schedule

Practice Rounds (Feb. 16)

9:40 a.m. ET Qualifying
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

12:05 p.m. ET Final Practice
Xfinity Series

2:30 p.m. ET Daytona 300

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The Weather

We are still are a few days out but the weather guys are calling for a 73 degree high and partly sunny for this event.

The Lineup

Harrison Burton, the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC analyst Jeff Burton, just turned 18 years of age and has won the right to start on the pole for this race. The rest of the lineup gets set on Thursday and will be updated here.

 

Our Picks

We bring you three picks but we all know that on any given race day that anyone could come out on top. Every week we have picks for your betting.

Chase Elliott enters with 12/1 odds to win. The familiar #9 will begin his fourth season in his Chevy. He is not a rook anymore for sure and is a good driver like his father. Look for him to come out on top to start the season.

These two drivers are high on my list and present a decent chance to make some money. Y

Kyle Busch 14-1
Martin Truex Jr. 14-1

Our longshot for this race is Erik Jones at 22/1 odds. With those odds, he is worth a play. In 2018, he finished eighth or better in 13 of 21 races and has sniffed near the finish line several times. He hasn’t fared well at the Daytona 500 but has won other races on this track.

 

Odds:

Brad Keselowski 9/1
Joey Logano 9/1
Kevin Harvick 9/1
Aric Almirola 12/1
Chase Elliott 12/1
Denny Hamlin 12/1
Clint Bowyer 14/1
Kurt Busch 14/1
Kyle Busch 14/1
Martin Truex Jr. 14/1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 14/1
Ryan Blaney 14/1
Daniel Suarez 20/1
Erik Jones 22/1
Jimmie Johnson 22/1
Alex Bowman 25/1
Austin Dillon 28/1
Kyle Larson 28/1
Paul Menard 40/1
William Byron 40/1
Daniel Hemric 50/1
Darrell Wallace Jr. 50/1
Ryan Newman 50/1
Matt DiBenedetto 66/1
Michael McDowell 66/1
Ryan Preece 66/1
Chris Buescher 100/1
David Ragan 100/1
Ty Dillon 100/1

Upcoming Schedule:

Sun, Feb 24  2:00 PM ET Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sun, Mar 3  3:30 PM ET Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sun, Mar 10  3:30 PM ET Ism Raceway
Sun, Mar 17  3:30 PM ET  Auto Club Speedway
Sun, Mar 24  2:00 PM ET Martinsville Speedway
Sun, Mar 31 3:00 PM ET   Texas Motor Speedway
Sun, Apr 7  2:00 PM ET   Bristol Motor Speedway
Sat, Apr 13 7:30 PM ET   Richmond International Raceway
Sun, Apr 28 2:00 PM ET Talladega Superspeedway
Sun, May 5 2:00 PM ET  Dover International Speedway
Sat, May 11 7:30 PM ET  Kansas Speedway
Sat, May 18 6:00 PM ET  Charlotte Motor Speedway
Sat, May 18  8:00 PM ET  Charlotte Motor Speedway

 

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