Daytona 500 Details
- Sunday, February 20th, 2022
- Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Florida
- 14:30 EST
- FOX Sports
Denny Hamlin - History maker
This is a huge opportunity for the great Denny Hamlin to further cement himself into the history books and it's the entire reason he is the pre-race favorite.
Hamlin has previously won the race on three occasions, and the 41-year-old is one of only six people to have the honor of being able to say that. However there is an even more exclusive list that he will be looking to join, and that's the people who have won the race four times.
Currently only seven-time winner Richard Petty and four-time winner Cale Yarborough have that honor but if Hamlin can cross that finish line first once again he will join them as only the third person ever to have that honor.
Hamlin is a +900 favorite with BetUS Sports betting and that experience could very well come in handy in the first race of the new season.
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Avoid Kyle Larson
Reigning champion to start the new season well is usually a given, but avoid Larson at all costs in this race if history is anything to go by.
Larson had one of the best seasons in recent memory last year. becoming the first driver to have 10 wins and a championship in the same season since Jimmie Johnson back in 2007.
Despite ending the season with 2,581 laps and an average finish of 9.08 he has never finished well at the tri-oval Daytona.
Having been in this race 15 times previously, Larson's best finish is a lowly 6th place and his average finish is way down in 21st place. Even more worryingly he's crashed out or failed to finish the race on six different occasions.
If there's one thing you shouldn't do this weekend, it's bet on Kyle Larson!
Stand-out longshot picks
One thing we all love about NASCAR is just how unpredictable it is, which leaves a huge window open for an underdog to step in and claim victory despite a huge price pre-race.
One of those in this race on Sunday will be Bubba Wallace, who comes into the race as a huge +2000 underdog with Bovada Sports Betting to win the Daytona 500.
As part of the 23XI team, owned by NBA superstar Michael Jordan, Wallace became only the second black driver to win in the Cup series with his win at Talladega Superspeedway back in the fall of 2021. That win was one of a career-best three top-five finishes that he secured throughout the whole season.
This is a driver who excels when it comes to superspeedway tracks. He came second in Daytona back in August before winning in Talladega and going one step further to claim victory would be a huge achievement for the 29-year-old.
Another one to look out for is Joe Gibbs Racing team member Christopher Bell, who comes into the race as a huge +2800 pick with BetUS Sports Betting.
His first season with the team was significantly better than his finishes over the four combined superspeedway races at Daytona and Talladega would have you think.
His average finish of 17.8 ranked at 14th in the series, but that was far less impressive than his fifth-best average running position of 10.9 and a driver rating of 93.9 that also placed him in fifth across drivers in the series.
It's way too early to go big on him because of the New Gen car and uncertainty surrounding its performance, but the combination of Bell's prowess in 2021 and the advantage of having the very best equipment on the field makes his price far too high to ignore completely.
The craziest price across the entire field is undoubtedly Erik Jones, who has previously won the race, finished third on another occasion, and has finished as a runner-up at Talladega before, coming in at a +6600.
Jones has a total of 11 top-10 finishes across the board at superspeedways in his career and his team is way overdue a victory.
He won the 2020 Busch Clash, which is a pre-season exhibition race that took place on the same track so with that huge value he's definitely worth some change.