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NASCAR betting: Daytona 500 – Free Pick

Sun, Feb 20, 10:32am by Kevin Pitstock

The best is not always last. Many NASCAR drivers feel the first race of the year is the greatest spectacle in racing. The Daytona 500 takes place on Sunday, February 20, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida. In 2010 the winner of this event was Jamie McMurray. Let’s look at the drivers and their odds from Centrebet to win this game before we make our free pick.

Kevin Harvick will be starting from the seventh spot and has been given the best odds to win this event at 8/1. His best previous finish at Daytona was second in 2009. He is followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. who may be the sentimental favorite with this being the 10th anniversary of the death of his father at Daytona. Earnhardt Jr. has the odds at 9/1 to win the Daytona 500.

Jimmie Johnson may have the car and the backing to win this event. In the last 11 races, a Chevy has won the Daytona 500. He is teamed with Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motor Sports as a successful venture. Kyle Busch is 9/1 to win and Tony Stewart, one of the most successful NASCAR drivers comes in at 10/1 and always a decent bet to make. Kurt Busch finished second in 2008 and is 10/1 from Centrebet.

Three time winner, Jeff Gordon, has come upon a dry spell but still maintains 11/1 odds. He is followed by defending champion Jamie McMurray at 12/1. McMurray was the winner at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Brickyard 400 last year.

Our free pick for you to bet is Jimmie Johnson at 7/1 odds but a few dark horses to consider at 35/1 odds is Kasey Kahne and 25/1 Juan Pablo Montoya.

Our Pick: Jimmie Johnson 7/1 at Centrebet

These odds are ever changing and you need to keep abreast of the situation and check them before placing you bet on the Daytona 500. Those not listed are consider the field and are 18/1 odds.

Carl Edwards 15 to 1
Clint Bowyer 12 to 1
Juan Pablo Montoya 25/1
Denny Hamlin 12 to 1
Greg Biffle 30 to 1
Kasey Kahne 35 to 1
Jeff Burton 25 to 1
Joey Logano 20 to 1
Marcos Ambrose 60 to 1
Mark Martin 20 to 1
Martin Truex Jr. 30 to 1
Matt Kenseth 30 to 1
Paul Menard 30 to 1
Regan Smith 80 to 1
Ryan Newman 30 to 1


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