Daytona 500: The best betting props for The Great American Race

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February 13th, 2021

The Daytona 500 is almost here, and with it comes a slew of fascinating prop wagers. From Top 3s to Head-to-Head matchups, we scoured the market to deliver the three best NASCAR prop bets for “The Great American Race.”

Daytona 500

Sun, February 14 2021, 7:30 PM

Hamlin, Denny


Elliott, Chase


Blaney, Ryan


Logano, Joey


Busch, Kyle


Harvick, Kevin


Keselowski, Brad


Almirola, Aric


Byron, William


Larson, Kyle


Ryan Newman to finish Top 10

We all remember the extremely scary crash that Ryan Newman was involved in at the end of the 2020 Daytona 500. While picking him to win in his first start back at Daytona International Speedway might be a bridge too far, betting on Newman to hit the Top 10 in this year’s Great American Race appeals to the head as well as the heart.

The No. 6 Ford driver hit the Top 10 in five of his last six races over this course prior to last year’s season opener. That accident also snapped a streak of 19 consecutive Daytona races without a DNF – no small feat.

Don’t be surprised if Newman is up with the leaders late.

NASCAR pick: Yes (+200)

Head-to-Head: Joey Logano vs. Kevin Harvick

If Joey Logano can avoid getting collected in yet another wreck, he should outfinish Kevin Harvick on Sunday afternoon.

Logano has hit the Top 10 in eight straight stages over this course, leading 93 laps in process. Yet he’s finished Top 10 in only one of those races due to bad luck. Harvick, with the exception of last year’s Daytona 500 (fifth), has finished no better than 19th over a nine-race stretch at this oval.

The No. 22 Ford driver has a legitimate chance to win the Great American Race, which makes this wager a solid one.

NASCAR pick: Logano -122

Head-to-Head: Kyle Larson vs. Martin Truex Jr.

Neither Kyle Larson nor Martin Truex Jr. have won a Cup Series race at Daytona, though Larson has had only 13 opportunities compared to Truex’s 31. However, we’re going to side with the veteran Truex in this market.

Larson is making his first start for Hendrick Motorsports in the newly-revived No. 5 Chevrolet. It will almost certainly take time for driver and team to gel, so it would not be surprising to see Larson struggle in the early part of 2021. The California native has never finished better than sixth at Daytona.

Truex has been painstakingly close to victory here before, and has hit the Top 5 in three of his last 10 starts at Daytona.  

NASCAR pick: Truex -118